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  • Magnolia

  • The Social Network

    ★★★½

  • A Single Man

    ★★★½

  • Ran

    ★★★★½

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  • Magnolia

    Magnolia

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

    (i don't actually spoil the movie at all but this review is just sappy enough for me to feel obligated to put some buffer over it)

    Yeah, it is perhaps a bit clunky, a bit twee, a bit overambitious in scope. The writing isn't always there and a couple character arcs are pretty shoddy. The whole thing is at times stunningly unsubtle.

    Yeah, the cinematography, pacing, and acting are top notch. It's a fucking PTA film. And when the characters…

  • Ran

    Ran

    ★★★★½

    fantastic movie to watch with your entire immediate family if you have either a solid relationship with them or a horrible relationship with them

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  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ½

    not only is this corny beyond reckoning, it's also a complete formal failure. all attempts at a stripped back, unified aesthetic work completely against this. there's no set, choreography is underutilized, and they forgo any speaking parts in favor of making every moment of the musical a song. some of this would be excusable if it were arresting or complex in some other way - and i'm sure miranda thought the contrast between period appropriate garb and the industrial look…

  • HyperNormalisation

    HyperNormalisation

    ★★½

    This one's a bit frustrating. It tells an engaging story that draws interesting historical connections and makes me wanna read up on late-Cold War Middle Eastern politics but it also holds up quite poorly to scrutiny. He oversimplifies far too much for my tastes, even within the context of pop sociology/history. I often found myself silently interjecting that a claim was unfounded or unnuanced, especially when it came to his statements about the left. There are so many reasons the…