Zachary Lee

One step closer to knowing you if I know your favorite movie. 


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  • Memoria

    ★★★

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

  • Jurassic World Dominion

    ★★

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

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  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★

    Zach’s Consensus: Embodying the very virtues of stillness and wonder it seeks to cultivate in its viewers, those patient enough to sit with Memoria will find themselves peacefully atuned to Apichatpong Weerasethakul‘s tranquil wavelength.


    Will revisit in a few years when I’ve reached the peak of my cinephile powers. Too slow for me at the moment but I hope that changes. 


    Watched (rather confusingly) with Charles

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    Zach’s Consensus: Nostalgia and stunning aerial visuals may fuel the high-octane thrills of Top Gun: Maverick, but it keeps its soaring course thanks to thoughtful meditations on legacy–and from Tom Cruise’s intentional vulnerability. 


    “…and to come home. And to come home…sir.” 


    Individualism is one hell of a drug. This is what it looks like to age gracefully. Growing up is realizing that we’re never really flying solo; we can’t make it on our own but need the community around us.


    Watched (my final Regal Ithaca showing!) with Father David. What a ride it has been. 🫡

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  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★★

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

    "So you're saying that we can't save each other...but money can?"

    "We can live together when things are good but when things are bad they fall apart?"

    Someone described Minari as a "warm hug" of a movie and in between the first viewing and this one, I saw no reason to break away from the enveloping embrace it offered. Here I wanted to breakdown some particularly spectacular (and heart-wrenching) sequences that stood out.

    1. During the moment where Monica's mother,…

  • One Night in Miami...

    One Night in Miami...

    ★★★★★

    This is just going to be an Aldis Hodge appreciation post. Naturally, there are those who get more of the spotlight in an ensemble cast, but I don’t want Hodge’s contributions to be overshadowed. 

    It takes a special kind of skill to hold such emotion in tension, to be filled with such rage and frustration at injustice and yet remain cool, calm, and collected. When we first see Jim Brown at the beginning is sadly the most free as he…