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  • Dinosaurs of Antarctica

    ★★★

  • O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization

    ★★★½

  • Elvis

    ★★★★

  • Southern Comfort

    ★★★½

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  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★★

    It’s not often that a Baz Luhrmann film comes out in theatres. I mean, for crying out loud, his last film was all the way back in 2013. Between then and now, I was introduced to his work through Netflix’s The Get Down, which in my eyes had a remarkable first season, but greatly slumped in its second. From there, I got to see his take on Romeo + Juliet in tenth grade English, followed by The Great Gatsby in…

  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★

    Visually-stimulating from start to end, Columbus marks a terrific feature-film debut from one Kogonada, who displays his talents through a few key methods. 

    Behind the position of director, he nails the role, putting forth a unique, compelling vision to the screen that also demonstrates the influence from other filmmakers, which as I far know, are primarily ones he has focused on through his video essays. Through what I believe to be said direction, there’s this “alien” sense that I felt…

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  • Dinosaurs of Antarctica

    Dinosaurs of Antarctica

    ★★★

    I did not expect to be watching a film or anything of that sort during this short trip I’m in, but here we are. 

    Did you know that the IMAX theatre at the Royal BC Museum has the largest screen in all of the province, at six stories high? Well, as part of that visit to the few ongoing exhibits, I got to check out this film on that very screen. Almost always, they just play nature or history-esque documentaries…

  • O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization

    O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization

    ★★★½

    Technically impressive, thought-provoking, and well-acted, O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization is a pretty good feature; one that I probably would not have seen if weren’t for it being made known to me recently. 

    My brain lacks much willpower to write a lengthy consensus about this film, so I will be brief with my thoughts. 

    Jerzy Stuhr gives a solid lead performance, while the cast around him all deliver the parts of eccentric, memorable characters. He in particular, being the…

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    Magnificently stunning and deeply engrossing, Dune triumphs well, as it sets the stage for what it surely to be an incredible saga of science-fiction filmmaking (with at least a second part, I believe).

    (FYI: I have not read the novel, nor have seen David’s Lynch’s film version) 

    As far as performances go, all of them are strong across the board. Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, and Oscar Isaac are my personal highlights when it comes to this aspect. Everyone…

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★★½

    In all of the studio-released films I’ve managed to see so far this year, none have stood out, moved, resonated, wowed, and made my heart ache as much as Last Night in Soho. An absolutely gorgeous wonder of filmmaking and storytelling from the one and only Edgar Wright. Just about every aspect of it blew me away, swayed me in and out of various emotions, and left me at the edge of my seat. In my eyes, it’s a bonafide…