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  • Dog Day Afternoon

    Dog Day Afternoon

    ★★★★½

    The big question I asked the audience after we screened this film at my college was whether they found themselves on the side of the law or supporting Sonny. This was less out of curiosity and more out of my own need for validation of my relentless rooting for Sonny, not just as a character I adored but one I truly empathized with. Often when I see stories about well-intentioned people doing crime for sustainance, I look at their act…

  • Pickpocket

    Pickpocket

    ★★★★

    I'm thinking of giving up assigning star ratings to these films, which make me feel strong but unclear emotions. Where there is something significant, something dramatic, something extremely endearing, but all in the guise of a poker face. The action is taking place down below, in meticulous close-ups of almost surgical procedures: fingers and elbows twisting to retrieve wallets and purses in the most surprising fashions, hiding behind newspapers and jackets or simple distractions. The money, exchanged amongst these skilled…

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  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★½

    A polished but simultaneously raw and dynamic force of storytelling. Park Chan-Wook commands an almost vulgar direct influence over the camera and story, but still retains an air of refined expertise. One of very few filmmakers with such down-to-earth sensibilities even while being at the top of the universally known and acclaimed mountains of world cinema.

    Went a bit overboard with the sex scenes though.

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★

    It's got some mediocre stuff but the highs are way up in the air. Some really really beautiful and heart heartbreaking moments, on top of a crushingly soulful soundtrack. It's a mainstream teen comedy with an indie personality.

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  • Hot Fuzz

    Hot Fuzz

    ★★★★

    *quick zoom in*
    The definition of thrilling action.
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    The definition of a laughing riot.
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    The definition of the buddy-cop genre.
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    The definition of a countryside suspence.
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    The definition of hilarious, crazy, entertaining, memorable, and truly exhilarating fun.
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    🔥HOT FUZZ🔥

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★½

    If an NYC graphic designer who lives off Spotify playlists and energy drinks was given the ability to project their mind onto a screen.