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  • GoodFellas
  • Memories of Murder
  • Buffalo '66
  • West Side Story

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  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    ★★★

  • Avatar: The Way of Water

    ★★★

  • Avatar

    ★★★★

  • Babylon

    ★★★★

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★★

    THE LAST DANCE.

    ‘Your kind is headed for extinction.’
    ‘Maybe so, sir. But not today.’

    A breath of fresh air. This is the first blockbuster I’ve seen in a long time that not just exhilarated with its choreography and action sequences, but also managed to genuinely move me with its fleshed out character arcs and themes. Save for a few digressions where the film dabbles into romantic territory, the relationships at the heart of the film — particularly between Maverick…

  • Fight Club

    Fight Club

    ★★★★

    [Spoilers.]

    WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN. 

    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. 

    At heart, FIGHT CLUB is a film about searching for meaning. In the society it takes place in however, day-to-day life is like a parody of meaninglessness. It’s a world where furniture completes people and every day is the same; going to the office, crunching numbers on the computer, and sitting in a four-walled cell. Day in, day out. 

    That monotonous routine what makes it…

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  • Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★★★

    “Originality is overrated.” In BABYLON, Chazelle finally brings his filmmaking philosophy to its logical conclusion as he attempts to enter his maximalist auteur era while simultaneously borrowing scenes and tropes from too many films to count. But in the same way this film manages to both cherish and disparage Hollywood in a seemingly contradictory fashion, the complex web of stories, themes, and setpieces (that often fail to cleanly synergize) here somehow managed to work for me. 

    While BABYLON’s sheer boldness…

  • Try Harder!

    Try Harder!

    ★★★★

    Essential Matthew N cinema.

    This is basically the past 3 years of my life immortalized on the screen. It’s telling that the only kids here who truly get what they want are the ones who are able to rise above the pervasive ladder-climbing mindset of the Bay Area and actually articulate their goals and place in the world. Ultimately, that’s what colleges are looking for, and that’s what makes it so tragic that these kids are all trying to fit…

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  • Super Size Me

    Super Size Me

    Not quite sure I understand the point of this one. What is Spurlock trying to prove here? That fast food is bad for you? To my understanding, there are approximately zero people that have seen this and been surprised that eating Mickey D’s three times a day for weeks on end is harmful, so all we really get here is a masochistic exercise in empty shock-value. Not informational, worthless as a reminder to monitor your diet, and overall just an irresponsible experiment that fails to get its point across effectively.

  • The Brown Bunny

    The Brown Bunny

    ★★★★★

    [Commentary track.]

    “It’s almost like if God said ‘You get to pick the colors of every house on one street, but the only thing is that you gotta strip them all down and then paint them yourself. And by the way, you have to do it all with a tiny little paintbrush.’ And I get in my mind this idea of how beautiful it would look, and which color every house should be, and then I go up and down…