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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    [99]

    A piece I wrote for my university's paper. It may be worth mentioning that this review is written with a more pragmatic, perhaps simplistic, approach in mind since this is for a different audience. And, if you've been a regular reader of my Kurosawa reviews lately, some things mentioned here may seem a little repetitive, again because of a different audience. Possibly, I might refashion it later.

    As a stroke of sheer coincidence, I noticed that I had written…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

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

    [86]

    A piece I wrote for my university's paper. The larger piece does not contain spoilers, but — for the content I cut for the paper — some spoilers will be found in the appendices which follow the review.

    ‘Parasite,’ the brilliant Korean Best Picture winner

    My affair with writer-director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” began back in August, then three months after its premiere at the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival where it won the top prize, the Palme d’Or, the…

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  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    Those Who Wish Me Dead

    ★★★

    [57]

    Co-writer-director Taylor Sheridan is a dad (research points to "no, he is not," but I'm sticking to the lame joke) making dad movies, albeit ones that perhaps marginally surpass such entries in the in-vogue subgenre. This one, replete with much of Sheridan's frequent narrative exports (man v. man v. nature, the New West of America, bureaucratic criminal underworlds, strong female leads... we have two in this one), survives a great deal on its cast: Angelina Jolie (a welcome sight…

  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    Raya and the Last Dragon

    ★★★

    [56]

    Likely Walt Disney Animation Studios' most resplendent work to date, taking special attention to adorning the digital image with film grain resulting in the characters and environments almost looking like velvet cloth dolls and toy sets brought to life; not to mention Rob Dressel (layout) and Adolph Lusinsky's (lighting) cinematography has made some of the studio's most striking compositions with imagery bathed in shadow and light alike in a way that has not quite yet been seen before from…

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★½

    [28]

    May write more on a later date. It's late and I'm tired (probably no thanks to this film in part), but I aim to muster up enough strength to marginally lambaste this. As tainted by the name of Bryan Singer as it very much is, this is just a thoroughly dim-witted, banal, apocryphal affair that was categorically crafted to cater to as large an audience as possible, never minding to shoot the film in any imaginative way, technically or…

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★½

    [67]

    A piece I wrote for my university's paper.

    ‘Us’ turns a mirror on ourselves, horrifying us as it does

    "Therefore, thus says the Lord, ‘Behold I am bringing disaster on them which they will not be able to escape; though they will cry to Me, yet I will not listen to them.’”

    Early in writer-director Jordan Peele’s new thriller, “Us,” we follow a young girl as she navigates a boardwalk carnival with her parents, the family oddly keeping a…