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  • School of Rock
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Decision to Leave

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  • I Love You, You Hate Me

    ★½

  • Enchanted

    ★★★½

  • The Big Lebowski

    ★★★★

  • Perfect Blue

    ★★★★

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  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★★

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

    Every time I revisit a film from Satoshi Kon, I’m reminded how amazing he is at capturing very real, sometimes very frightening depictions of the human condition through surreal imagery. Perfect Blue is no exception. A very involved film about fame, personal identity, and a lack of said identity. Something this film does that I always find quite unnerving is the way others perceive you after fame and their obsession with not only you as a person, but as an…

  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

    Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

    ★★★½

    I think I should preface this by saying my screening was full of families and little kids and there wasn’t a single moment where they were talking, running around, or fidgeting; they were glued. I’m not speaking for all screenings moving forward, but it speaks wonders about the film itself. 

    Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is a lovely surprise and a fabulously animated film, really didn’t anticipate one of the best upgrades in animation for the franchise in a…

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  • I Love You, You Hate Me

    I Love You, You Hate Me

    ★½

    This thing opens with Barney the Dinosaur getting shot in Resident Evil: Village and it’s still not the most furrowed eyebrow moment to happen in this feature-length mini-series. I Love You, You Hate Me is a documentary about Barry and the impact he had on many individuals, consisting of the wholesome or incel variety. While there are moments that I found entertaining and informative, most of this documentary is an incredibly disjointed, sloppily presented endeavor, either leaning on a structure…

  • Enchanted

    Enchanted

    ★★★½

    Feels very satisfying to go back to a movie that you remembered being pretty good and it turns out still being pretty good. Very refreshing to see Disney make a product that deconstructs its image and way of storytelling without devolving into a sour, cynical soup that it’s currently known for having. It acknowledges the ridiculous uber-simplicities of fairytale living and the idea of falling in love with someone you don’t even know (and having there be no real connection…

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  • Two Distant Strangers

    Two Distant Strangers

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

    *SPOILERS*

    I’m actually dumbfounded by these positive reviews, because I found this to be horrifically exploitative, messy, and unsubtle in just about every single way. The writing is horrible and pandering, the acting (aside from possibly Joey Bada$$, who is decent, and I just like him) is horrible, and the overall execution is so misguided. The themes that are being presented are important and obviously deserve to be at the front line of discussion, but something about a racist police…

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★½

    *me calmly listening to the score, when all of a sudden, Daveed Diggs starts rapping* well, it would appear that this film is perfect.

    I’ve had a lukewarm feeling of Pixar within the last couple years. Not that they’ve made much of anything I would constitute as bad, it’s just that nothing from of recent memory has made me genuinely feel that they’re making something special like they used to; it’s all felt incredibly commercial. With the exception of Coco,…