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  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    ★★★★½

    The varying perspectives that discuss and demonstrate the film's themes allow it to resonate as strongly for me now (sagging under the weight of an increasingly nihilistic outlook in my 30s) as it might have ten or twelve years earlier (daring God to show himself as I painfully shed a religious upbringing).

    The knight as young me: "I want knowledge, not faith, not suppositions, but knowledge! I want God to stretch out His hand towards me, reveal Himself and speak…

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  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending

    ★★½

    Sean Bean's character is half man, half bee. His name is Stinger. And yet, this movie exceeded my expectations ten-fold. 

    This needed some serious writing help but the choreography might have been even more disappointing. Aside from a couple moments here and there, all I could think about was how uncool Channing Tatum looked as a weird space roller blader. 

    Still, I'm convinced that the bones of a great movie are here. I bought into most of the concept and…

  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★

    Thought I was out after Endgame but I guess the next wave of announcements provided just enough intrigue to keep me in it. Like Endgame and a lot of other MCU flicks, the climax was exciting and heartfelt enough to distract from what is otherwise an overlong groanfest. 

    A lot of jokes fell flat, the ugly CGI will age terribly, the central gimmick didn't really hold water, and I was downright bored for a lot of it. 

    Of course there…

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  • Dear Ex

    Dear Ex

    ★★★½

    A while back I read an article that had perhaps the most impactful quote I've ever encountered: "If a person’s behavior doesn’t make sense to you, it is because you are missing a part of their context. It's that simple."

    This film plays so perfectly with this idea. It presents characters that are unreliable and unrelatable, then slowly unveils the context and builds their humanity one memory at a time. Context blurs the lines between villains and victims, hate and…

  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★½

    Writer-director Lulu Wang said in her Q&A that when she first set out to write this script the idea was to take a crazy real-life story and make it even crazier for film. When it wasn't working, she set it aside and developed the story for radio with This American Life, a process that taught her it shouldn't be about making it crazier, but about finding what's "real" in the crazy. She ultimately succeeded as I found so much to…