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  • Driveways

    Driveways

    Had to stop the movie part way in because I was crying too much. I had to like leave the room and compose myself. The music and setting just hit me too hard. The loneliness of being an Asian-American kid and the inevitability of death and the similar loneliness that brings. There's a lot of quiet humanity in this movie that I think has largely gone unnoticed in the age of digital premieres because of this whole pandemic situation. Give Driveways a shot and let it wash over you for a couple hours.

  • First Birthday

    First Birthday

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    I love this short. After seeing Spa Night, Andrew Ahn has now become the director for me that tells queer Asian-American stories.

    Dol (First Birthday) is a slice of life story that grounds itself in the nominal Korean ritual and tells it from the point of view of a gay Korean man. Themes of parental and cultural expectations are organically built into the premise and Ahn gracefully uses it to have the audience empathize with his personal identity--all by basically…

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  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    Miller & Lord strike again (through producing roles)! How I wish to have been immersed in another Sony Pictures animation sound mix, but my system at home straight up cannot keep up or do it justice. A flat screen with a sound bar is not enough for something like this!

  • Palo Alto

    Palo Alto

    The beauty of boredom and people bouncing off each other like molecules. What do you want to do? Who do you want to be? You simultaneously have more than enough time to figure it all out and not enough time, so what's the point?

    There's a couple scenes that make this a worthwhile watch for me: (1) the sequence juxtaposing Teddy and April's separate lonesome lives spent in their rooms; and (2) when April wakes up after hooking up with…

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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    Loved this movie. The pacing and art direction gave me total Scott Pilgrim vibes right from the opening credits to the comedic timing. As someone who had walked out on the superhero movie genre at Iron Man 2, this was a complete joy to experience. It also serves as a shining example of the pure spectacle animation has over live action-- a counterargument to all of those Disney adaptations that are in development. Yes, animation takes forever and several walls…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

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    Threw it on during dinner and ended up finishing it. Still one of the best paced, most magical films I've ever seen. Astounded at how much emotion can be stated in one scene without saying a single word. Also, Michael Shannon's back-to-back allegorical monologues are so darkly funny.