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  • Parasite

    Parasite

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    Director Bong Joon-ho’s global sensation, Parasite, is an allegorical tale of class warfare. Before watching the film, I was familiar with its high praise but knew little of its actual plot. If possible, I’d recommend other viewers similarly go into this one as cold as they can. While Parasite deals with heavy themes (economic mobility, climate change), it does so in ways that are constantly entertaining and surprising. A unique blend of drama, suspense, comedy, and horror, Parasite provides further proof that cinema is a truly universal language.

  • 1917

    1917

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    While much has been said regarding 1917’s achievements behind the camera, from its β€œone scene” structure to its astounding cinematography, I was pleased to find its technical feats in full service of its story. Director Sam Mendes’ decision to limit the camera to β€œzero” cuts effectively forces audiences to remain with the films two young protagonists, no matter how bleak their journey becomes. 1917 is ultimately a triumph of cinematic storytelling; a sobering meditation on a generational loss of innocence and the true cost of war.

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

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    During his 40’s and 50’s, protagonists of Scorsese-directed gangster films wound up back where they started (Casino), ordering spaghetti with marinara sauce and receiving egg noodles and ketchup, average nobodies, β€œschnooks” (Goodfellas). Now approaching 80, Scorsese goes further with The Irishman, examining the longer-lasting effects of life inside the mafia – regret, guilt, isolation, and in a series of on-screen text gags, often premature death. The Irishman feels like the culmination of Scorsese’s gangster pictures; a crowning achievement.

  • Good Time

    Good Time

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    While promoting Good Time, Robert Pattinson summarized the film, stating β€œI think me and the directors have coined a new genre, which is just called – panic. If you want to experience what a 90-minute panic attack is in the cinema, this is what it feels like.” And by all means they succeeded – Good Time is a visceral and unrelenting thriller that grabs ahold of you from its first frame and never let’s go.