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Big fan of movies. Films, too, if you can believe it.

Favorite films

  • In Bruges
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Spirited Away
  • Arrival

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  • War Horse

    ★★★½

  • The Purge

    ★★

  • Angst

    ★★★½

  • Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

    ★★★★★

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  • War Horse

    War Horse

    ★★★½

    Even though I wasn't super plugged into critical discussions and online discourse and what have you when this film came out, I do remember that there was a real sense of cultural animosity and indifference to this thing. "Oh, there goes Spielberg, making more of his sentimental schmaltz," the general attitude went, "doesn't he know that we've all GROWN UP already?!?" For whatever reason, this hit at the wrong place at the wrong time, a heart-on-sleeve throwback released at a…

  • The Purge

    The Purge

    ★★

    I distinctly remember the release of this movie, and how it seemed to make a legit impression despite most people agreeing it wasn't very good. Something about the premise - the much-mocked "for 12 hours all crime is legal, including murder and financial crimes (but mostly murder)" - the staring mask poster, or the prospect of an allegorical horror movie, this hit the culture at just the right angle where even people who didn't see it knew "of" it, which…

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  • Luce

    Luce

    ★★

    "I understand context."

    Okay, so listen. Reviews for this thing have been golden. It has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing, which does seem to reflect what most audiences are feeling about it right now. It's getting praise left and right. Kelvin Harrison Jr, so good in It Comes at Night, seems primed to break out via this movie. It's packed to the gills with stars. It's a psychological thriller that directly attacks social ills, which…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    Man, the new movie by the guy who directed Snowpiercer is really picking up steam!

    …get it? Picking up steam? Because it’s from the same director who did Snowpiercer? The movie about the train that never stops? And trains run on steam? And-

    Oh never mind…

    If I had to guess, I’d say that Parasite is a very different kind of movie than what most ‘Murican audiences will expect from Bong Joon-ho. While he’s done drama before - Barking Dogs…