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  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

    The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

    Imagine pitching this movie. 

    The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is bizarre. It’s hectic, zany, surreal, and often, genuinely hilarious. It’s the outrageous love letter to SpongeBob that only his creator could deliver — a sweet, madcap buddy adventure, delightful for all ages. 

    I laugh so much while watching this. It’s so outrageous, so off-the-wall insane, that I can’t believe it ever got made. 

    This was the perfect send-off for SpongeBob. I wish the series had ended here, as originally planned. 

    Still, we have this movie.

  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    Every time I watch Spider-Man 2, I am impressed.

    Raimi and co. really came out swinging with this sequel. It's more polished in every way, and the writing is so consistently entertaining that I find myself smiling more often than not.

    Hot take: Spider-Man 2 is as good as The Dark Knight. To go even further, I'd argue that Spider-Man 2 is the best translation of a superhero to film. Seriously. The purest distillation of everything Peter Parker is, feels,…

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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★

    This really didn’t work for me. Everything I love about Han Solo as a character is missing, and the things that the film chooses to focus on all feel arbitrary and contrived when compared to the more nuanced portrayal Harrison Ford gave in the original Star Wars movies. Since The Force Awakens was released, subtlety and nuance in general seem to be missing from the films, and while I know the concept of subtlety can sound absurd in a series about…

  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★★

    Martin Scorsese's Silence is a haunting, thoughtful meditation on faith, suffering, pride, and the nature of God. From the first frame to the last, Scorsese's vision of two priests in Japan is foreboding and harrowing, but also beautiful and occasionally uplifting. 

    Repeatedly described as a swamp, the film's depiction of Japan is ominous and foreboding. The oppressive nature of the inquisitors encroaches from all sides, and even a bright sunny day offers no comfort for the protagonists or the audience.…