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  • New York Stories

    New York Stories

    Life Lessons - Dir. Martin Scorsese

  • Gattaca

    Gattaca

    ★★★★

    Spectacularly simple visual style that holds up incredibly well over 20 years later.

  • Mission: Impossible III

    Mission: Impossible III

    wtf happened with M:I 2?? why was it so bad.

  • Mission: Impossible II

    Mission: Impossible II

    ½

    I couldn't finish it. Plot for 2nd graders who only listen to pop music. Excited for the 3rd one though.

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

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

    Just gonna ramble here for a bit...

    Transcendental. Mystical.
    To quote Malick, "the way of Nature, the way of Grace..."

    I felt sadness, fear, and tears. I wanted to cry when they started levitating. Breathless. The feeling of love's redeeming grace and the power of people and relationships and the divine to pull you out of the Garden. It was eerie. My bookshelf was almost identical to Toller.

    Jeffers to Toller: "Even Jesus wasn't always in the Garden."

    And I…

  • The Notebook

    The Notebook

    ★½

    the tears floweth

  • The Heretic

    The Heretic

    ★½

    Interesting subject, boring form.
    Needed both sides of the story rather than a Rob Bell fanboy film.
    Showing the actual conflict and digging deeper... That's what would've elevated this doc.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    If I could make just one movie like this, it'd all be okay.

  • Bright

    Bright

    ★½

    One of the "better" movies I've seen recently. I watch too many polished films. There's a lot of dumb stuff in this movie, but it was authentic. It felt like a small crew trying to do something big. The writing sucked, but it was fun.

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★

    Feels like a comic book.
    Reloads build significance not realism.

  • Bernie

    Bernie

    ★★½

    Richard Linklater's emotional investment to Texas is endearing.

    Love the docu-style. Contributes to the feeling of "this is real." Linklater makes a case for how good people can do bad things (really bad things, like murder) and still be really good people.

    This case is pointed.

    It's based on real life. It even gave the real Bernie a chance at freedom again.

    Very funny film, but it's context is what makes it great.

  • Woodshock

    Woodshock

    ½

    Couldn't finish it.