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  • Crash
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • The Worst Person in the World
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  • Bodies Bodies Bodies

    ★★★½

  • Jackie Brown

    ★★★★★

  • Django Unchained

    ★★★★★

  • Xanadu

    ★★★½

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  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★★½

    Prey. 2022. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg.

    Dan Trachtenberg made a story telling event that should have had a theater run especially in IMAX like all Predator franchise films. Instead, Prey (2022) is now playing on HULU for everyone to view at home which is awesome. But, I think the Academy changed it rules for a film to be nominated, it must have a theater run. Prey showcases the feminine hunter/fighter instinct as Naru (Amber Midthunder) proves to her tribe that…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    Everything Everywhere All At Once. 2022. Directed by Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert (Daniels). 🏳️‍🌈🫶🏳️‍🌈💖🏳️‍🌈🫶🏳️‍🌈🫶💖🏳️‍🌈🫶

    We just left an IMAX auditorium in a multiplex in which there was a two to five minute standing ovation. It was if we were at a film festival. We were at a special opening night screening. Unfortunately, DANIELS were at SXSW. At any rate, Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022) {EEAAO} is like Dr. Strange (2016) meets a Sion Sono Film (e.g. Love Exposure or…

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  • Bodies Bodies Bodies

    Bodies Bodies Bodies

    Bodies Bodies Bodies. 2022. Directed by Halina Reijn. 

    This is a well directed whodunnit that will keep one guessing until the end. In fact, it is a fresh take on a classic genre. Sarah DeLappe’s screenplay of Kristen Roupenian’s story about technology, drugs, and a group of millennials with old and new money in a hurricane party that goes sideways due to an initial murder. This initial murder creates chaos. Do not let anyone give you spoilers before seeing this…

  • Jackie Brown

    Jackie Brown

    ★★★★★

    Jackie Brown. 1997. Directed by Quentin Tarantino.

    Jackie Brown (1997) is a reserved, seducing Tarantino film. In other words, Tarantino is riffing on Elmore Leonard’s “Rum Punch.” Leonard’s writing is full of brilliantly packed sentences. Tarantino wrote Jackie Brown for Pam Grier (Jackie Brown) whereas, Robert Forster (Max Cherry) plays Pam Grier’s mature love interest. One of the most beautiful aspects of Jackie Brown is Tarantino revamped the careers of Forster and Grier. Grier went on to do many more…

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  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    ★★★★★

    Django Unchained. 2012. Directed by Quentin Tarantino.

    We have not seen Django Unchained since opening night in New York City 2012. So, thhis rewatch was enlightening and by 2012 Taratino’s style as an auteur was refined and his reimagined Spaghetti Western was terrific. In fact, Quentin Tarantino’s revisionist Western, Django Unchained (2012) has opened the door for more Westerns in Hollywood and the world. Nope (2022) is a prime example. Many more diverse Westerns are coming.

    Tarantino is a master…

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★★

    Minari. 2020. Directed by Lee Isaac Chung.

    Minari (2020) is a heart wrenching, laugh out loud, and grim look into Asian immigrants trying to make it in America story. Considering this is practically Lee Isaac Chung’s biopic, it makes it more touching. The original screenplay backed by A24 and Plan B is tightly woven and has comedic moments to balance the intensity of the Korean family’s acclimation into Arkansas in the 1980’s. Living in Arkansas seems like a nightmare to…