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  • The Hound of the Baskervilles

    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    ★★★½

    What I love about these old Hollywood movies is the way the sets look on screen. Sure, location filming has its perks, but there's a real charm to the inherent claustrophobic feeling when the mist rolls in on the moor and our characters walk across the set against a painted background. You can totally see it's painted, but I just love how painted backgrounds look behind a well-constructed set. The Hound of the Baskervilles had plenty of that, which is…

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★½

    It's like Brian De Palma decided to make the ultimate sound design fetish movie and slap a semi-government-conspiracy type plot onto it as an afterthought (but not really; the plot is relatively well weaved with the sound design element). No doubt, Blow Out is a remarkable film and John Travolta gives probably his most earnest (if not coolest) performance. Does the film end nicely? If you ask me, this is more of an experience-oriented movie than one to hassle on…

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★

    The best adjective to sum up this movie is: ‘blunt’. None of the themes are presented with subtlety, and the film itself is so in-your-face that some might be turned off. Overall, though, it sorta works — the deeper moments are not without its subtle tones, and it’s interesting to see Arthur Fleck have his one bad day. Seriously, though, it’s funny when you realize Joker is basically the film embodiment of ‘We live in a society’. 

    We get to…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★½

    I’ve finally decided to use ratings. If anything, this film deserves my honest praise.

    Parallels from The Handmaiden to Call Me by Your Name can immediately be made, but I think Portrait of a Lady on Fire deserves its own recognition and genre in which it is recognized — one which utilizes silence (a dearth of an overarching score) as a way to convey raw emotion. Céline Sciamma is a revelation, a filmmaker who strikes the perfect balance between poetry and profanity.…