Deven K.B.

Deven K.B.

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My name is Deven (he/him) & I love movies. ✋
Cinephile by day, asleep by night.

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  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★★½

    Sorry James Spader, Olivia Colman is my favorite Ultron.

  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★★★

    You’re projecting a lot of misogyny for a future women’s march organizer.”

    Oh, there you are at the Holocaust Museum.... you look so happy.
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    The decision to shoot a dramedy about the anxieties of familial interactions in the style of a horror movie is so goddamn brilliant and effective! The score and cinematography is some next level stuff. 

    The balancing act this movie does of specificity versus universality is pretty fantastic. We may not all be bisexual Jewish sugar…

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  • The Pallbearer

    The Pallbearer

    ★★★½

    If you watch this as a pitch black rom-com and accept that none of the characters are particularly likeable, this is actually pretty good. Maybe the only movie I’ve seen where David Schwimmer’s pathetic puppy dog act actually works in the film’s favor. Carol Kane is hilarious as always, Mark Margolis shows up for a scene, and Barbara Hershey is the absolute MVP (seriously, she’s fantastic here.) I had a good time watching it!

  • Dirty Dancing

    Dirty Dancing

    ★★★★

    Sometimes I think about the fact that after Jerry Orbach died, his corneas were donated to two different people. So somewhere in the world, there are two people who each have an Orbach eye, and who can watch this movie, see Jerry Orbach in it, and thereby see one of their eyes literally on another person’s face. 

    Anyways, this movie is rife with 80s cheese and melodrama, but it gets the nostalgia bump from me. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey are hot and have great chemistry, the soundtrack slaps, and that final dance is unimpeachable.

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★★★

    An all-timer for me, and — alongside the sequel — still the best of the MCU.

    This has it all: Dynamic characters, fun and creative action sequences, an operatic villain, sincere emotional arcs, great VFX, and great humor (this is the only Marvel movie where the quippy dialogue works for me), plus — Infinity Stone and Thanos cameo notwithstanding — minimal tie-ins to the rest of the MCU. Definitely feels like it was made by a director who beat the in-house Marvel filmmaking formula, and the movie is all the better for it.

  • Prometheus

    Prometheus

    ★★★★

    Bless Ridley Scott and his hatred of rich people. This is a cool change of pace for the series, and I dig the heady creator shit that Scott explores but never resolves. 

    Like every Alien movie, the production design is the MVP. The alien landscape is stunning in its desolation, and I love the strong return to the H.R. Giger aesthetic of the first film, even with the lack of xenomorphs. The c-section scene is one of my favorite set…