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  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

    “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.”

    This is...one of the best films I’ve ever seen. 
    The opening shot is a strong gauge for the immaculate descent into a soldier’s Hell that is to come. Every character is largely distinct from one another, some possessing more unsettling outlooks than others. Some find shelter in the war’s harsh bounds and hellfire, others long for a day of rest. But every element comes together in a smooth orchestra, one that…

  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It’s got a wonderful defense mechanism.”

    Alien is one of the most sexually driven films I’ve experienced, even without innuendos or any hint towards actual sexual activity. There are many instances of blatant visualizations of genitalia, namely in the design of the Xenomorph itself; in its most disturbing moments, it’s is all too suggestive towards sexually aggressive acts. 

    The synopsis of the entire first half of Alien can be traced parallel to the reproductive process for humans. 

    It all starts…

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  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★

    Where to begin with this film...it’s hard to put my experience into words, especially off of a first viewing. I’ll make an effort, though.

    Few filmmakers are so bold as to take you on a trip through all of recorded time itself, but Malick pulled off such an ambition with flying colors. The first 30 minutes was, in a word, transcendental. Obviously reminiscent of Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite. And just about as stunning, with its boasting of previously established…

  • Threat Level Midnight

    Threat Level Midnight

    The production behind Threat Level Midnight provides a curious look into nepotism and even some commentary on predisposed bias. Michael Scott assembles those closest in his life to create a project so devoted to becoming a revered work of cinema. And it succeeds in this. You can tell Scott is really reaching for something greater than himself here: each character is carefully crafted, each backstory layered, and each motive at the forefront. Michael Scarn is the most tragic of them…

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★½

    “My goddess. Come here.”

    Wasn’t at all surprised to see how divisive mother! was after going in blindly. I’m falling on the side that really likes this film (but “like” is a very loose term here). I actually think it’s great. And when I came to realize this, I thought I would have to put up some form of a defense for myself. But I don’t think that’s the case: I think that it’s more than understandable to hate the…

  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★★½

    “Well I can’t make love to a bush!”

    One of the most vibrant, fun, downright delightful films I’ve had the pleasure of sitting down with. Obviously, there’s great music and even more stunning choreography across the board from our extremely talented leads. But I found a lot to be loved in poking fun at the exaggerated elegance of 20’s Hollywood: these over-the-top performances lead to some of the film’s funniest moments. It all looks a little ridiculous, doesn’t it? But…