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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★★½

    Let me preface by saying that Queen is one of my favorite bands, and easily a contender for my all time favorite. I can’t deny that I went in with very high hopes to see a fully realized adaptation of their legendary career, with Rami Malek at the forefront parading in all of Mercury’s grandeur. What was given to us was a rather formulaic, definitely pandering work for a band that deserves so much more. It breaks my heart.

    Rami…

  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    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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  • City Lights

    City Lights

    ★★★★½

    There have been few greater pleasures in my life than seeing a Chaplin film with my father and a glass of wine. Neither of us had seen City Lights before. Backlit by a film that highlights the incredible impact that sharing with others provides, we shared laughs, shared tears, shared a new experience. Film opens the door for special moments like these, a quality very few other mediums possess. Chaplin’s charm is timeless; it’s a great privilege we have that we’re still able to enjoy his work.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    “Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do. I’m half crazy all for the love of you.”

    A stunning spectacle of sights and sounds, a monumental vision executed to essential perfection, a powerful pursuit to tackle life’s hardest questions: 2001: A Space Odyssey one of the most rewarding cinematic experiences I’ve encountered. Widely considered to be the pioneer of modern sci-fi, the film’s incredible ambition is matched only by its presentation. Stanley Kubrick’s mastery of the medium shines on all fronts…

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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★

    My legs felt like air as I left the theater. Hereditary is terrifying and host to disturbing images aplenty. The camerawork is astounding and is the culprit for lots of unsettling, foreboding moments: slow pans and (very) long takes riddle the atmosphere with tension. Toni Collette is absolutely incredible here, and scenes with her at centerstage prove to be many of the film’s highlights. 

    The final act is one of the most harrowing things I’ve experienced in a theater. Utilizing…

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★½

    It has been a while since I’ve left the theater feeling a certain hollowness. I wanted nothing more than to like Solo: A Star Wars Story. But, while it had some well-composed moments, it didn’t really do anything for me unlike every other installment in the Star Wars franchise. I finally understand the feeling that many others have voiced with some modern blockbusters: the feeling that a film is artificial, manufactured, produced for a quick dollar. It’s with a heavy…