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  • Signs

    Signs

    ★★½

    All the pieces are there to make a great movie: strong performances, emotional conflict, spiritual contemplation, M. Night’s artist eye. And yet, it still falls flat and is sort of boring. More than anything though, the aliens don’t make sense. If it wasn’t for Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin, this would mostly suck.

  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★

    Rewatched because 2020, and I’m gonna let this sit before coming back to edit but overall I loved this up until the ending. Ernest Dickerson’s cinematography for the win though.

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  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ★★★★★

    Five reasons for five stars:
    #1- It’s an incredible play, period.
    #2- The diversity of the cast brings an extra layer of depth to this already unbelievable story.
    #3- The soundtrack goes so hard
    #4- It perfectly contextualizes history in a way I’ve rarely, if ever, seen before.
    #5- Disney is a marketing and capitalist titan that seized on the most perfect opportunity to bring this already incredible, oddly relevant story back into the cultural zeitgeist, while making the bourgeois…

  • Set It Off

    Set It Off

    ★★★½

    Haven't seen this in ages and it semi-holds up. First and foremost, F. Gary Gray is a fantastic director (taking some restraint not to stay filmmaker...). He has a great eye for striking shots and character blocking and he does wonders with how he frames the central four throughout. He's an underrated master of action sequences too, which makes watching the heists go down a straight-up blast. But the crowning glory, and contrarily the weakest elements, of this are the…