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  • The Pervert's Guide to Cinema

    The Pervert's Guide to Cinema

    ★★★★½

    I have a sort of complicated relationship with philosophy/critical theory and its application to cinema. As someone who still possesses a childish fascination with ‘the magic of the movies,’ a part of me just wants to sit back and enjoy the spectacle and the craft of a movie—to let myself just be entertained and not have to consider the sociopolitical ramifications of the story being told. I feel as though critical theory, with its collegiate-ness and institutionalism, over intellectualizes what…

  • Sólo con tu pareja

    Sólo con tu pareja

    ★★★

    This early film by Alfonso Cuaron is a middling sex comedy with an incredibly refined look. Though technically a comedy, I think there was only one joke in the entire runtime that I found genuinely clever and funny. Other than that, I sat stone-faced while watching these dull jokes being realized with an aesthetic beauty that it was undeserving of. It’s plotted interestingly enough to keep you engaged, but ultimately it feels hollow and it lacks substance. The situations are…

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  • The Full Monty

    The Full Monty

    ★★★½

    Adorable movie with a heartwarming story. Hard to believe that that pleasant, charismatic Robert Carlyle in this movie is the same man who played such a drunken bastard on Trainspotting. Also hard to believe that that charming, modest Mark Addy is the same man behind the drunk bastard role of Robert Baratheon. Add Tom Wilkinson to the mix, and you have a set of great, versatile actors.

    I enjoyed it much more than I anticipated, though the underlying sociopolitical implications of the movie are pretty dark when you give them a second thought at the end.

  • Carlito's Way

    Carlito's Way

    ★★★★

    Al Pacino and Viggo Mortensen are two of my most favorite Puerto Rican actors.

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  • Red Dragon

    Red Dragon

    ★★★½

    This Thomas Harris adaptation features a stacked cast of great actors churning out reliably great performances. However, I do feel like Anthony Hopkin’s Lecter lacks much of the menace and grace he exhibited in Silence of the Lambs. Ed Norton, though a superior actor than William Peterson, is much less interesting in the role of Will Graham (later on, Hugh Dancy nailed the part, both in terms of presence and acting ability in the TV series).

    The acting standouts here…

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★

    Excellent style and direction of a real-life American tragedy. The photography has a slick, noirish energy and that smoky jazz score just adds all the right emotions to the story. Judas and the Black Messiah especially excels for its starring of three of the best young actors working today: Stanfield, Kaluuya, and Plemons. Each highly accomplished with illustrious careers in both TV and film. Here again, they bring a trio of flawless, memorable performances. I really hope more major studios take chances on producing mid-budget dramas of this high a caliber.