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  • Pulse

    ★★★½

  • Persian Lessons

    ★★★½

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape

    ★★★★

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

    But don't you give up on yourself
    I've heard a story, a girl, she once told me
    That I would be happy again

    I’ve been waiting for this film literally since I was 5. My degree of anticipation was huge— huge as in, and I have witnesses, the day the teaser trailer came out on July 2019 I literally stopped dead in the middle of a music fest because that was more important.

    I even bought tickets for IMAX. I…

  • The Souvenir: Part II

    The Souvenir: Part II

    ★★★★½

    Wouldn't you want to be on a soundstage, in widescreen, rather than here like every other fucking English film ever made where it's drizzling?

    Never in my wildest imaginings did I expect to li— love this Part II, but here I am, gushing and still over the moon with it. 

    Wasn’t a big fan of the original, felt like a lot of a chore to sit through, too talkative, too white, too posh, too pretentious, too static, too boring. So…

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  • Pulse

    Pulse

    ★★★½

    This probably takes some medal for Lousiest Concept Ever Delivered in the Eeriest Way Possible, and that’s it’s saving grace and what makes it a beguiling oddity, because let’s be real… It’s so stupid, so stupid. 

    Yet at the same time, it’s this conversation-starter of a bridge between the uneasiness that once came with technology, creepypasta, snuff and stuff; and the much documented solitude being addicted to a screen comes with, since the dawn of them. This vision of the…

  • Persian Lessons

    Persian Lessons

    ★★★½

    My patience for historical dramas “based on a true story” keeps on dwindling and dwindling, but after years of holding House of Sand and Fog near to my heart as the best studio melodrama of the 21st century, I’ll surely show up for a new Vadim Perelman feature. 

    It’s a shame the narrative doesn’t know how to properly include one of the side plots, and how it falls prey to didacticism near to its closing — the overbearing score also isn’t…

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  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★★★★½

    All you need is to want it.

    A plot built around wishing upon, with no material threat... I get why some would regard Wonder Woman 1984 as lazy. On my end, I just find it to be one rare beautiful tentpole, on how innocence can quickly turn into ignorance, and the price one pays for that.

    Patty Jenkins really built something here. Ultra-reminiscent of the blockbusters of the era it’s set in, when some dumb idea could become the most massive of…

  • Ambulance

    Ambulance

    ★★★★½

    I’m a rare beast, I say Michael Bay’s an auteur all the time, but that I don’t like his art; and then today that shit came out to bite me.

    My boys, what a perfect marriage of every high-octane masterpiece set in LA and the dumbest exaggerations a man in love with explosions could ever come up with. I’m awestruck at the audacity. There’s Speed in there, Heat, T2, it has it all; but then as soon as this thing starts,…