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26. 
I struggle explaining how I rate movies.
Top 4 are my favorites I saw in March & April 2022.

Favorite films

  • The Batman
  • Ambulance
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • The Northman

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  • Men

    ★★★★

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★★★★

  • The Last Picture Show

    ★★★★½

  • Euphoria: Trouble Don't Last Always

    ★★★★½

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  • Men

    Men

    ★★★★

    Ex Machina is one of my all time favorites. Annihilation blew my mind. Devs was so impressive. And just like that, Alex Garland is back like he never left. 

    This was the most aggressive commentary on toxic masculinity I can remember having seen & I mean that as a compliment. And in typical Garland fashion, I definitely did not fully understand what was going on in that final act. But it was still horrifying. 

    Buckley’s performance carries this movie too. It’s not a lot…

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★★★★

    Got to catch the 2nd one on the big screen too as part of their 20th anniversary celebration. Just as magical as the first one, unreal worldbuilding. I honestly can’t decide which I prefer. The Battle of Helm’s Deep though, that’s epic filmmaking right there. I saw the extended addition again & once again I can’t imagine cutting anything from this for the theatrical edition. Still haven’t gotten around to catching the finale but I’m so excited for it.

    Seen in Theaters 2022 (Trailers, ranked: Everything Everywhere All At Once > The Northman >>> Death on the Nile > Uncharted)

    Watched in 2022, Ranked (New #4!)

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  • The Last Picture Show

    The Last Picture Show

    ★★★★½

    The local drafthouse ended up doing a last minute screening to honor Bogdanovich after his passing so I took the opportunity to see this for the first time. This really is a classic like everyone says & not just because it takes place in Texas. Great performances from titans of Hollywood with a somber ending that really hits home.

    Seen in Theaters 2022 (Trailers, ranked: Everything Everywhere All At Once > Operation Fortune >>> Death on the Nile > Uncharted)

    Watched in 2022, Ranked

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★★

    Damn what an ending. That got me good. I was also really impressed with the use of lighting + shadows & fire as a sort of visual component of the mystery at times. And the performances here also helped carry the mystery but I particularly enjoyed Strathairn & Jenkins’ work here. Wouldn’t have argued against more Dafoe screentime either. But at the same time, Mara, Blanchett, & Collette did their damn thing, especially Blanchett. Her work in that final act was tremendous & by…