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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    ★★★

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    ★★½

  • Female Trouble

    ★★★

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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    My prayers go out to all the stubborn American moviegoers who went into this movie not expecting to read subtitles. Oh, the challenges they must’ve faced reading about half a page’s length of words.

    So… this was meh? It started off pretty fucking unbearable and awkward at first, but then it got more entertaining towards the end when it decided to increase its absurdities with some lore madness and decently choreographed action spectacles, plus Tony Leung and Simu Liu’s semi-toxic…

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    ★★★

    🏕 Screened at Harkins • 3rd Viewing 🏕

    The first act of Deathly Hallows Part 1 has maybe the best momentum in this franchise since Prisoner of Azkaban. David Yates’s action sequences here feel nearly as fresh as they did in Order of the Phoenix, although not nearly as visually gaudy as them, but rather so conditioning themselves into a more murky and Jason Bourne-esc aesthetic in hindsight of the grittier tone. Very early on, the story also brings back…

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  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    ★★½

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

    🔮 Screened at Harkins • ??? Viewing 🔮

    Congrats to Romilda Vane for landing herself a spot on the Wizarding World’s FBI watchlist. 

    It’s been nearly a YEAR since I got cucked from my in-cinemas Harry Potter marathon due to COVID-19 restrictions in the area, but alas, I’ve returned! The sixth year at Hogwarts somewhat revolves once again around Harry trying to find ways to figure out another mystery, one that, howbeit, doesn’t lead him to any profound revelation; the…

  • Female Trouble

    Female Trouble

    ★★★

    Nobody loves God more than John Waters…

    Not nearly as entertaining nor as provocative as Pink Flamingos for me personally, and maybe a teeny bit too cognate to it as well, but John Waters’ theory on how its possible for the human mind to turn initial perceptions of disgust and atrocity into that of beauty and comedy as long as you normalize it truly shines in Female Trouble. By employing absurd reversals of typical cultural desperations for self-image, Waters then…

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    Warning: This review will contain excessive amounts of the f-word in the spirit of Tarantino.

    I remember seeing the second trailer for Tarantino’s ninth (but technically tenth) film way back in May of 2019 and thinking to myself “I have no clue what this movie is going to be about, but I’m cheer to see that the marketers have decided to not give anything away!” So, I just saw the full, two-hour-and-forty-five-minute-long movie…and I have to say…I still have no…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★½

    Wow, I have…so much…to say about this

    Todd Phillips’s Joker is one of the most forbidding pieces of cinematic design to come to mind especially in recent years. Using its visually repulsive presentation to seize uncanny validity and to strike audiences worldwide of the truth about a terrorizing infection that’s leaked into the veins of every individual around the world, this film rivets its audience through all the grimmest corners of life before eventually abandoning them, pretending like they don’t…