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  • Speak No Evil

    ★★★★

  • After Yang

    ★★★★½

  • Fresh

    ★★★★

  • Happy Feet

    ★★★

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  • Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

    Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

    ★★★★½

    To open your film with an unsimulated sex scene is incredibly bold and insane. Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn recently won the Golden Bear at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival. I’m not entirely familiar with this director’s work nor the Romanian New Wave movement. This was a wild ride to uncover. The first part of the film is about a teacher who is caught up with a sex tape scandal. We follow her through the streets of Bucharest,…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

    With Siegel, in 70mm

    PTA’s most tender and sweetest film. Copper Hoffman embodies the spirit and honor of his father (the mannerisms!). Alaina Haim debut performance is infectious and hilarious. I have no words to describe this film. It’s like a scrapbook you flip through at your grandparents house. The spontaneity of hanging out with your friends, your first love, etc. All of the feels are here. As I dare to say, this is PTA’s funniest film as well. The…

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  • Speak No Evil

    Speak No Evil

    ★★★★

    Sundance 2022

    An audio-vis(visual)ceral experience that is completely pessimistic and satirical in its nature. It’s partially based on Tafdrup’s encounter with a Danish family. On a surface level, it’s a domestic dramedy. A family who gets invited into another family’s life. That other family’s life have a challenge of raising a “mute” son. Both families paint a portrait about family nurturing and the dissonance between each other. This is the type of film that slowly peels itself into madness especially…

  • After Yang

    After Yang

    ★★★★½

    Sundance 2022

    Kogonada sophomore feature is a firmware upgrade of Hugh Jackman’s Reminisce in a sense that both films deal with memories and how to cherish them. Yang is a techno-sapien who’s slowly deteriorating and Jake must make a decision to wether recycle him or donate him to a tech museum. Throughout the film, the audience is slowly guided through a series of flashbacks and memories of Yang’s habitual life. Yang’s past self connected with Jake’s family particularly within Mika’s…

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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★★

    My friendship has ended with David Lynch. Charlie Kaufman is my friend now.

    HOLY SHIT!! This motherfucker has done it again. Constantly raising the bar. It doesnt get more existential and dreadful from here folks. Kaufman has always been a screenwriter but, I think he has a better understanding of directing. I think I'm my opinion he has topped his last films Synecdoche, New York and Anomalisa. I wouldn't be surprised if this is his last film due to the…

  • The Tomorrow War

    The Tomorrow War

    ★★½

    Hypothetically if the U.S government started a mandatory draft to end a future war, I would take jail instead of dying by the hands of spooky aliens. That’s just a fact.

    The Tomorrow War
    is like a Tom Clancy book. It’s engaging, hard to get your eyes off the screen/page, but it ends in mediocrity. Chris Pratt plays an everyday teacher who has a military past. He’s sent into the future to save humanity from a civilization of aliens. Honestly,…