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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    I used to think this was the beginning of my review. Memory is a strange thing.

    I love the atmosphere this film has. Everything is shrouded in mystery, enveloped in mist. Denis Villeneuve uses such a gentle touch to convey his story, through the viewpoint of Louise. Just as in Sicario we learned with Emily Blunt's character, so do we learn things here with Louise. Amy Adams has such a complete ownership of her role, using emotion as her universal…

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

    I love this film a little bit more every time I see it. The way it was shot so meticulously, makes the world feel very lived-in and authentic even though you are only able to see it through a small window. Everything from the set design and practical effects to the moody soundtrack and lighting. Ridley Scott uses every one of these to foreshadow the climax.

    Blade Runner is a film that continues to inspire and surprise me after repeat viewings, and it is a poetic story that offers a plethora of themes to chew on long after the credits roll.

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  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    ★★★★★

    This is what you get for fucking around with Yakuzas!

    Watching Kill Bill is like watching a drum solo where the drummer throws everything they have at you, executed with absolute technical perfection, just to pull yet another dazzling trick out of the bag. Much of the showdown plays out like a drum solo too, steadily building to a crescendo, and packed with tons of flare. The technical display is what makes this film iconic, along with the aesthetic design.…

  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    ★★★★

    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country raises the stakes this time around, effecting all members of galactic society. The magnitude of the conflict between the Federation and the Klingons is finally realized here, as it previously was only shown through smaller incidents. Ethics are called into question, elevating the film beyond a simple narrative. A fitting sendoff for the Enterprise crew, and a worthy tribute to Gene Roddenberry.

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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★★

    Wow. This was certainly an experience. I was left speechless for several minutes after the credits rolled while I digested the film's complexities. Annihilation does something very few films are able to do, which is have faith in its' audience's ability to comprehend complex themes and piece together its' clues. It leaves the viewer wanting more, but it doesn't withhold any integral substance; a fine line many films fail to walk. All the while mesmerizing you with incredible visuals and…