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  • Oppenheimer
  • The Boy and the Heron
  • John Wick: Chapter 4
  • Killers of the Flower Moon

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  • Birth

    ★★★½

  • Sexy Beast

    ★★★

  • The Shiver of the Vampires

    ★★

  • Se7en

    ★★★★

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  • Wonka

    Wonka

    ★★★

    Oompa loompa doompity doo
    Have I got a little movie for you,
    So take your seat, grab a sweet— I implore!
    Watch a young Willie Wonka set ashore
    With just a hatful of dreams, overcoat, shoelace,
    The wondrous Choco-ex-machina suitcase
    (for an infinite supply of easy-made choc-o-late),
    And twelve silver sovereigns in his pock-a-let,
    Oops, now make that three—
    Not everything’s free
    And those next coins he’ll donate,
    But the last goes tumblin’ down a grate,
    So Mr. Willie Wonka…

  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★★

    Oh man, where do I start? Persona defies interpretation; in fact, one of the many themes of the film is the very struggle with interpretation. This film has so many different ways to interpret it that you could watch it hundreds of times and see something new each time. (it blows my mind how complex Persona manages to be in just 85 minutes). At the core of the film— the thread that runs through it all— is duality. The duality of things…

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  • Birth

    Birth

    ★★★½

    You hold a tunnel
    Of time stolen by the waves
    And returned awry.

  • Sexy Beast

    Sexy Beast

    ★★★

    Essentially the hero’s Refusal of the Call pushed to its limit. Right when Gal thinks he has escaped the game to a sun-smouldering eternal vacation, Sisyphus’s boulder comes crashing back down the hill— right into his Spanish villa’s serene pool, literally breaking the heart-shaped tiles at the bottom. But this physical wrecking ball is only a harbinger for a deadlier, more unpredictable, more explosively psychological battering ram: Don Logan (Ben Kingsley).

    Don Logan is a tight-wound, reactive, caustic persona, always…

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The ultimate capitalistic fantasy: taste the pure possibility of the multiverse and then return to dutifully do your taxes. That is only one of the ways this film espouses the pernicious ideology of capitalism; such values are embedded in the very fabric of its conceptually inconsistent multiverse. The maximalist excess, the superficial thought, the rush of spectacle, the triumph of the individual— these are the implicit and explicit outcomes of the capitalist system, and also the driving forces of the…

  • The 47 Ronin

    The 47 Ronin

    Watching this film was like trying to scale an immense glacier. A cold and distant and repetitive ascent. Scrabbling along a slick surface, severely steep, nearly insurmountable, no handholds or footholds, nowhere to find purchase or access. The struggle of a climb against a surface that closes itself off, a story that actively resists itself. Along an incline so steep it's nearly vertical, with only the most minimal of forward momentum. The film is an arduous endurance test: nearly four…