• A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★★

    A Quiet Place II delivered in its trademark suspense using clever camera framing and scoring to enhance the experience, it felt like a rollercoaster ride at times. I don't think it had as many memorable moments compared to the first installment, I also thought there were too much scenes of just walking around.

     Another issue I had was the sound mixing? Though maybe it's just me, i know the dialogue was supposed to be said in a whisper type tone…

  • The Woman in the Window

    The Woman in the Window

    ★★

    Despite an interesting plot from a well-acclaimed book and brilliant performances from Adams and Moore: The Woman in the Window just fails to hit the spot. Its biggest flaw is it was unable to establish an identity. Everything felt messy, we were left unsure if the film would resort into the psychological thriller range it was learning towards or a 90s slasher type.

    It's a shame because it had potential to explore more on her psyche and sickness. I enjoyed…

  • Croupier

    Croupier

    ★★★★½

    I was lucky enough to stumble upon this film while scrolling through Netflix, never heard of it before. The plot is simple but its execution really impressed me, its cinematography involved film-noir similar to those detective films from the past.

    I enjoyed the implementation of the voiceovers correlating to this his story being told. The main chatacter is engrossing and was acted well by Clive Owen, it showcases the dark world of gambling and this man who has lost himself on his work.

  • Stowaway

    Stowaway

    ★★★

    I'm not a big space film advocate but I thought this had a great idea that led to flawed execution with plotholes. I'm a fan of the 2 leading actresses but I didn't expect anything over the top with this film due to the lack of promotion by Netflix.


    From the first scene, you are taken into a ride with these crew members. The pacing was a bit slow until the sudden conflict, from then on the film incorporates suspense. The screenplay was off as there were numerous questions left unanswered, however it's a pretty fun experience with a nice score and visual effects.

  • Chinatown

    Chinatown

    ★★★★★

    Film noir at its finest! I loved everything about this: the aesthetics colors and shots of LA, the set design, the acting, and the direction. It just had this eerie vibe the whole way through, it's both a mystery and a tragedy.

    Some comparisons I can give are Vertigo and Citizen Kane merely out of the outstanding study of human darkness, corruption, and deceit that gives the film its timelessness. It has quite possibly one of the best ending lines in cinema that shows what it's all about, this is now my favorite Nicholson film and perhaps one of my tops.

  • The Pianist

    The Pianist

    ★★★★★

    Schindler's List could never!! Seriously though, everything about this was done so well. Whether it be the costume and set design, Polanski's stellar direction, or Brody's Oscar-worthy performance: When you combine all these factors, you get a movie that will stay with you for a long time. It's a sensitive topic that was told so devastatingly by the eyes of a man who just wants to play his piano.

  • The Red Shoes

    The Red Shoes

    ★★★★★

    The film that started the genre of the obsessed artist, an "art vs life" analysis. The Red Shoes helped pave the way for movies such as Black Swan, Nightcrawler, and more. Aside from this, it begs the question of love and career and how much one is willing to sacrifice.

    This narrative was presented through visual metaphors, fantastical references, and even ballet sequences. The meaning of the Red Shoes itself with Vicky's own identity is one of the best character studies…

  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows

    ★★★★★

    First viewing and instantly became one of my favorites, what a gorgeous piece of work. I've always been a fan of the French new wave genre and this was always perceived as the best one. The film's biggest strength is its timelessness, it painted a completely accurate portrayal of adolescence and rebellion: we all went through this stage in our lives.

    The effect of corrupt authoritative figures takes a toll on anyone's anxiety. The staggering beliefs and expectations can be…

  • Breaking the Waves

    Breaking the Waves

    ★★★★½

    A fascinating movie on the true meaning of love and compassion tackling elements of religion, spirituality, sex, and more. I loved the satire it brought upon conservatives and traditionalists, having a closed mind won't enable us to understand anyone emotionally. We can see how this can affect our thinking and logic, how it will make us do things that aren't even in our control.

    Emily Watson's
    acting and Von Trier's trademark directing combined with the storytelling/concept makes this a knockout in every sense of the word.


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  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★★

    One of my favorite movies of all time and even more applicable now. The Matrix set the bar for sci-fi movies to come, a lot wouldn't have been made if it wasn't for this milestone. The action sequences, outfits, cast, and soundtrack are unforgettable: you'll immediately know it's from The Matrix.

    It's a philosophically thought-provoking masterpiece questioning reality, choices, and freedom. It uses tons of allegories with bible stories and numbers. Neo literally means "the one" which is what he was…

  • Friends with Benefits

    Friends with Benefits

    ★★★

    I've always been intrigued by the superficial aspects of love and how it can work in the long run. This type of relationship doesn't get explored as often, the very first that did it was "When Harry Met Sally". I like how it sparks a debate on if men and women can ever truly just be friends, especially if physically attracted to one another.

    Commitment is a hard thing to promise and sometimes we need to go this route to…

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    ★★★★★

    One of the best acting ensembles with an iconic anti-hero and villain. A hard-hitting message on the meaning of authority and power. It makes us beg the question of who exactly is mentally ill? Those stuck in the facility just hoping to have a life or those controlling the facility to make them feel fulfilled.