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  • Sweet Smell of Success

    Sweet Smell of Success

    ★★★★★

    From a purely storytelling perspective, Sweet Smell of Success blew my mind. During the past years I've become increasingly aware of when women are getting abused on screen and how often they're horribly written and given nothing to do and in here that is the exact thing that happens. We have two men who are flat out villains, seeking to break up a woman's engagement cause of one of the men is her possessive older brother and he doesn't approve…

  • Blindspotting

    Blindspotting

    ★★★★★

    Balances comedy and drama perfectly, neither ever overtaking the other, but instead living together in harmony and actually strengthening one another. Whenever you feel comfortable after a comedic scene, the story gets real and the drama hits much harder because of the contrast and when the story finishes a dramatic moment, you get hit with some much needed levity.

    The beautiful thing about Blindspotting is how it feels like authentic insight. It feels like one of the more realer stories…

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  • Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo

    ★★★★½

    At first I was annoyed by how slowly the story is in the middle, but then I realized that the movie actually isn't about the central conflict. It's in there as a backdrop, but all it really is there to do is to work as a unifying factor for the formation of a misfit family. Dean Martin delivers one of the most impressive performances of all time as he plays the drunk gunslinger who has his gradual redemption. There are…

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★★★

    Only my second Wes Anderson movie after Grand Budapest Hotel and I think I'm becoming a hipster. Stop motion animation can sometimes look awkward, but not in here. Hell this is probably the highest quality execution I've seen of the style. While with The Grand Budapest Hotel, I found the quirkiness annoying at times, in here the dry wit and playfulness landed every time. I busted out laughing consistently and on top of that Anderson perfectly mixes in sentiment. There…

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★½

    There's a scene in the movie where the lead mocks an older gay couple, a pair which comes of like the warmest, gentlest people, the type you'd never make fun of if you're a decent person.

    That was the scene when I knew I was watching something special. I was that kid at one point. I was that kid who was insecure about his sexuality and instead of being honest about it, I projected my inability to accept myself to others.

    That was the kind of honesty that is hard to admit.

  • Widows

    Widows

    ★★★★

    Steve McQueen is arguably one of the finest dramatic directors in the industry right now. His first three films Hunger, Shame and 12 Years a Slave are all gold standard dramas, which is why it was so surprising, when it came out, that Widows was going to be a heist movie. I doubt I was the only one expecting Widows to be another grounded raw drama instead of a crime thriller.

    Widows excels at all fronts. The script is phenomenally…