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  • Looper

    ★★★½

  • Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins

  • Carrie

    ★½

  • Another Stakeout

    ★★½

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  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women

    ★★★★½

    Annette Bening played my grandmother.

    Not entirely, not in the details, not in her personality. But in a general sense, I saw Grandma Bessie in Annette Bening's Dorothea. My dad's mom was a white woman born in Tennessee during the Great Depression, who saw the rise of country music, of Elvis, of feminism, who married outside of her race in a time and place she could have been shunned (or worse) for it, who moved to California to follow Elvis…

  • My Winnipeg

    My Winnipeg

    ★★★★½

    "Ah, another black-and-white surrealist film. How original. I know where this film is going," Chris Bravo arrogantly thinks to himself. "This really won't be about Winnipeg, will it? I bet he won't even mention the Jets."

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    My hometown is Los Angeles. Or, more precisely, a little suburb about 45 minutes south of Downtown L.A. that recently contained more Mexican-Americans per capita than any other city in the country. I lived a mile away from the oldest operating McDonald's in…

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  • Perfect Days

    Perfect Days

    ★★★★½

    I find it hard to wrap my head around Perfect Days. It’s my first Wenders film, so I don’t have much context for the film. And I knew very little going into it, so my expectations were mostly blank.

    I kept going back to two directors: Ozu, with his eye for the everyday, the authentic relationships between uncle and niece, brother and sister, son and unseen father. The subtleties, the authenticity, the relatability.

    And then there was Wong Kar-wai. Not…

  • Armageddon

    Armageddon

    ★★★★

    There’s lots of stupidness in this. But it still gets me in the feels, Willis and Affleck are legitimately good, and that Aerosmith song was a part of my childhood soundtrack. Maybe Bay’s best movie.

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  • Cure

    Cure

    ★★★★½

    Impeccable sound design.

    If there was one thing I will always remember about Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 1997 film, Cure, it will be the film's sound production. At first, the movie felt oddly silent. I was almost bored due to the fact that there was barely any musical scoring, and there were just innocuous buzzes and drumming and brrrrrrs. Until about the halfway point, and it all made sense. The buzzes and drumming and brrrrrrs were purposeful. The lack of orchestral music…

  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★★

    A film made for fans of movies, especially Nic Cage movies. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent leans heavily on the goodwill of the audience knowing and loving Face/Off, The Rock, Con Air, Wild at Heart, Mandy, and so many others, Cage-vehicles and otherwise. Fortunately, I do love a lot of those movies. And seeing them so reverently referenced and utilized in this movie brought smiles to my face.

    That goodwill is fortunate because the pacing of this movie is…