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  • La La Land
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Pulp Fiction
  • There Will Be Blood

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  • Whisper of the Heart

    ★★★★

  • Les Misérables

    ★★★

  • Beetlejuice

    ★★★½

  • The French Dispatch

    ★★★★

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    I believe that the way you know if a movie is truly your favorite is that you can watch it over and over and enjoy it every time. I’m still catching new details watching La La Land again, and still loving every second of the film. The color palette, especially during the optimistic beginning moments of the film, is pure visual bliss. I love the reds, yellows, and blues that this movie loves to use. The aesthetic of the movie…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    This was a long time coming. As some people may know if they’ve been reading my reviews for a while, La La Land is my favorite movie of all time. It was famously upset by Moonlight at the Oscars, and since then I’ve always been interested in seeing what all of the commotion was about. How could this movie possibly be better than my favorite of all time? While I still like La La Land more personally, I have absolutely no qualms about…

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  • Whisper of the Heart

    Whisper of the Heart

    ★★★★

    I rewatched this in a whim last night, and I’m glad I did. Ever since I first watched this 3 years ago, it’s been ranked as my favorite non-Miyazaki Ghibli film (though I’ve barely seen any Takahata, so that could easily change in the future). But while this movie wasn’t directed by Miyazaki, it’s still written by him, and it still has all of his classic charms. I love his movies starring adolescents in general much more than Ghibli films…

  • Les Misérables

    Les Misérables

    ★★★

    It took me years to finally get around to watching this movie, so of course it took me a few extra days to actually write this review. I’ve heard a lot of mixed opinions on this film over the years, and while I see where both come from, I’m firmly in the middle. On the one hand, the music itself is excellent, the sets and costumes are great, and the acting is solid all around. On the other hand, love…

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  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    Cléo from 5 to 7

    ★½

    Ugh, should I feel bad for hating this movie? Before anybody jumps on me for having no taste, I should note that I don't hate this movie because it is French or because it is avant garde. Instead, I hate it for being a waste of my time.

    An admittedly novel concept, Cleo from 5 to 7 explores an hour and a half of a woman's life in real time. And for and hour and a half, she does quite…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    For my first PTA film and first real Daniel Day Lewis film (Gangs of New York only kind of counts), this was amazing. I know some people complain about the slow burn of it all, but I think that this film is so strong in its acting, writing, and presentation that it is able to keep you hooked over the course of its 2.5+ hour runtime. Daniel Plainview is great, Eli Sunday is great, my boy H.W. Plainview must be…