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  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • But I'm a Cheerleader
  • Passing
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  • Spencer

    ★★

  • The French Dispatch

    ★★★★★

  • Dear Evan Hansen

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★½

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  • 12 Angry Men

    12 Angry Men

    ★★★★½

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

    Classic case of mostly middle-age, egotistical white men loving the sound of their own voice. I began to sweat myself; even the thought of sitting in that room and being silenced triggers my fight or flight response. 

    Somehow, someway Lumet makes a deliberation about the facts of and/or assumptions concerning a murder case much more layered than I would have ever expected. Outstanding, daring cinema with a ton to contribute to even our contemporary discussion of the flawed criminal justice system. Should be required viewing.

    BTW: To be frank, I think Juror #8 did it. And maybe I’d let him stab me too 🤷🏽‍♂️

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★

    Scream was made for Scream fans. To keep this short, I’m no fan; even of the original. I wish I could get invested in horror franchises, but this left a bad taste in my mouth. All this meta-horror is just not enough for general audiences to care and while the gore kept me somewhat interested I was unbelievably frustrated by how predictable & self-referential this reboot is. Thank god we have worthwhile, inventive new-age horror that doesn’t need all these boring tropes and stifling characters. Meh.

    Dylan Minnette innocent (& sexy as ever)

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  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★

    When will you all actually let this woman rest in peace? 

    What works in Larrain’s favor is the claustrophobia he perfects, Jonny Greenwood’s delectably ominous score (without this element I most likely would’ve totally lost interest), & Stewart’s electric performance; however nauseatingly poor directorial choices stunts this movie from reaching its full potential. I never understand the one particular choice to not use handheld camera throughout. Would have way more effective had we followed the princess from her point of view…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★★

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

    I’m not joking when I say The French Dispatch deserves to be hung up in the Louvre. Preferably some of these shots will be framed in my future home. I mean when you combine my favorite things (anything French, snappy dialogue in two languages I’m fluent in, an anthology, celebration of writers, Timothée, Frances, Léa, etc.) you can conjure what I consider to be a complete masterpiece. And my new favorite Anderson creation.

    Wes Anderson inspires me so much when…

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  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★½

    “I’m levitating” — Dua Lipa and also Totoro

    No but seriously oh my god this was the cutest thing in the world. I miss the freedom and imagination of childhood and I idealize Miyazaki for his capacity to create the pure innocence and curiosity that shapes our fondest memories. The calmness and carefree nature that the director instills from the beginning demonstrates his admiration for each character. Beyond a wonderfully executed story with many layers & up and down emotions, the…

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    Dear Evan Hansen

    Infuriating. I have no other words than that. Makes me sad because I genuinely think Ben Platt is so insanely talented. But, this was abhorrent.