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  • Brick

    Brick

    ★★★★

    I don’t often watch English-language films with subtitles, yet while watching Brick, I felt it was rather appropriate, and not for the reasons you’d think. It’s not that the dialogue was difficult to follow or understand, it was just that this film has this extremely intelligent and competent presentation and flow to it, and it really added to the stiff nature of this film. It’s very impressive to me that this is Rian Johnson’s feature-length debut, yet it’s such a…

  • Looper

    Looper

    ★★★★

    “-please.. I can try it again.”
    “-why? so you can fuck things up again?”

    Hunted by your future. Haunted by your past.

  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    Everybody Wants Some!!

    ★★★½

    [3.75]

    “Bro, you’ve gotta stop thinking so much, you’re fuckin’ yourself up.”

    This is probably the most authentic, discusting display of pure testosterone and hyper-masculinity I’ve seen in a film since I watched The Wolf of Wall Street for the first time. The 80s throwback vibes really helps to make this film super entertaining and highly enjoyable, and the dialogue is some of the funniest shit I’ve heard in a movie in a very long time. It almost borders on…

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★½

    “I don’t know, I just really hate reviewing comedy movies, because there’s only so many ways that you can say that something’s just not that funny.” - Jay Bauman

  • Raging Bull

    Raging Bull

    ★★★★½

    “Go get ‘em, champ.”

    Jake LaMotta was unstoppable force, capable of brutally destroying anything in his path. His size and strength made him appear a terrifying beast to anyone who got a glimpse at him. What Raging Bull explores though, and what makes it transcend the inaccurate “boxing movie” label its often given, is LaMotta sociopathic inner being. It’s one hundred times scarier to enter into what a monster he was underneath the surface, than experience the viewing of any…

  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★★★

    [2.75]

    Didn’t really expect this to be better than the first, mostly because of bad word of mouth and critical reception, but I’d say that it’s far more enjoyable. The three hour runtime somehow goes by faster than the full two hours of the first, which is pretty impressive. The horror sequences in this were also a lot more visually interesting to me, although they didn’t really do as good a job of capturing the characters’ personal fears. I really…

  • The King of Comedy

    The King of Comedy

    ★★★

    “Isn’t it funny, though? When you’re younger, you’re afraid to say all of those things, but as you get older, you can finally say all the things that you should have said 15 or 20 years ago. Isn’t that the final irony of life?”

    Many compare, and some even prefer this film and performance to Taxi Driver, but for me, when it comes to unnerving Scorsese character studies, this seems like its lagging a little bit behind his 1976 masterwork.…

  • Her

    Her

    ★★★½

    Still just as emotional and beautiful as the first viewing, though some of the dialogue is getting a little cringe-inducing as I see this more. Being John Malkovich will always be Jonze’s masterpiece to me, and now that I’m seeing this for the third time, I can pretty much confirm that.

  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha

    ★★★½

    It’s really easy to see what it is about Frances Ha that turns so many people off. It’s one of those indies where people might roll their eyes after hearing you describe it to them. The silly music, simplicity of the plot, and black and white cinematography will be sure to lose interest of a good portion of mainstream audiences. Most surprising to me though, is that the main complaint I hear is that Frances is an unlikeable protagonist, but…

  • Breathless

    Breathless

    ★★★★½

    “-What is it?”
    “-Nothing.. Just looking at you.”

    Wow. Somehow, Jean-Luc Godard’s DEBUT FILM has more style, innovation, and entertainment value than almost any film I’ve seen from it’s time period. The story is very simple, and at a very short 90-minute runtime, this film really flies by! Jean-Paul Belmondo absolutely kills it as the charismatic, likable asshole. He’s very suave, and this story really just couldn’t work without his performance. The chemistry he has with the leading lady also…

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    Man with a Movie Camera

    ★★★½

    A very interesting and peculiar experiment of a documentary. For what it sets out to do, which is depict city life in a modern and dazzling manner, I think it works very well. The way that it sort of reveals itself as a film by constantly exposing the camera, showing the crew to the audience, and highlighting the editing process was a really unique strategy for a film at that time, and that really makes this movie shine. The closest…

  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★

    On every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody.”

    A very troubling film for me, and as the credits started rolling, I couldn’t help but feel kind of terrified. What makes Travis Bickle such a scary and amazing character is that, given the right circumstances, he could be anyone. The main thing that solidifies this fear for me is that even forty years later, people watch this film and come out thinking they’ve seen…