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  • Enemy of the State

    ★★★★½

  • Casablanca

    ★★★★

  • Mr. Brooks

    ★★★★½

  • [REC]

    ★★★★

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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★★

    As Bo Burnham stated, Eighth Grade is more of a "slow down" movie, rather than a coming of age movie. I can't say I've seen middle school and teenagers portrayed so realistically in a movie and that is why this film is quite brilliant.

    Burnham showed a mild John Hughes touch by having a finger-on-the-pulse feel for Gen-Z in middle school; Burnham himself being a Millennial. The key to that was to cast age-appropriate characters, which was perfect. These kids…

  • The Shock of the Future

    The Shock of the Future

    ★★★★½

    First watch thoughts here.

    Holds up well on second viewing, especially having an understanding of this film's structure.

    Le Choc Du Futur is all about the creative process; in this case, in the person of Ana Klimova (Alma Jodorowsky): talent, drive, inspiration, idea, discovery, breakthrough, execution, and exhibition. All within a frustratingly sexist climate in the music industry.

    It's definitely low budget, but it's conversation-driven with a decent screenplay. It's heavy on the electronic music, with a wonderful soundtrack and…

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  • Enemy of the State

    Enemy of the State

    ★★★★½

    This is definitely a top-notch entertaining and riveting action thriller of the late '90s variety.

    The filmmaking in Enemy of the State is energetic and fast-moving, all for the best for this Tony Scott film. The movement and editing to match the technological aspects I thought were pure genius.

    Will Smith was Will Smith, at the time, the biggest movie star in the world. The cast was a lineup of "hey, look who it is!", with Regina King, Lisa Bonet,…

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    ★★★★

    I thoroughly enjoyed Casablanca, mostly because of reasons other than the usual intent.

    Sure, the romance story of Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) adds some spice, but it was how that element blended with the political and societal climate that intrigued me most. I couldn't help but think this movie came out DURING the ACTUAL war and it served a left-hook notice. Especially that one memorable La Marseillaise scene.

    I liked how unpredictable this film became as it…

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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★

    This film is a journey of the senses. It pulls us straight into the perspective of its protagonist. With superb sound design, we go into the head of a man going deaf and provokes thoughts of appreciating what we very much take for granted.

    Sound of Metal is an immersive journey from a life-changing setback to its aftermath and adjustment. It's a lesson of how initial desperation can set in and that, once set, you go on.

    Riz Ahmed perfectly…

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★★

    As someone who did dig the theatrical version of this film, I must say that this director's cut of Justice League is the version that should have been released.

    It's really an improvement in every single aspect: story, writing, character arcs, score, cinematography, villains, etc. It was the ultimate course correction to a set vision that was hijacked and steered into a direction that backfired.

    This film feels like the first cut of a film before it's whittled down to…