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  • The Menu

  • Rouge

    ★★★★★

  • The Player

    ★★★★★

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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  • Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss

    Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss

    A punk feminist thrash against the cultural waves of nationalism, the first entry in the Stray Cat Rock series is a poppy, vibrant, and politically charged film with great performances from Akiko Wada and Meiko Kaji— costarring in this film would cause Kaji’s reputation to explode, resulting in her leading the franchise for the remaining four films and starring in many other popular Japanese exploitation pictures.

    Deliquent Girl Boss has a few fun action sequences, but it shines when the film instead revels…

  • Nope

    Nope

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

    “What’s a bad miracle? They got a word for that?”

    “Nope.”

    But maybe they do have a word for that. Plague comes to mind, a word starkly evoked by a biblical downpour of blood straight out of the book of Exodus. In Exodus, they serve as signs and wonders, but also as warnings. Similarly, in NOPE, these otherworldly occurrences can be viewed as a response to exploitation of things far beyond our understanding. A shoe standing perfectly upright in the midst…

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  • The Menu

    The Menu

    There’s no point where Kendall Roy would have realized that the whole joke of The Menu is on him.

    “Sure dude, uhhh yeah… let’s just go no bread on this one. Fuckin do it.”

  • Rouge

    Rouge

    ★★★★★

    Haunted by the real world, tragic losses of Anita Mui & Leslie Cheung to cancer & suicide respectively in 2003, viewing Rouge today is a reminder that cinema itself is a spectral force, reflecting images captured from bygone eras containing bygone subjects.

    Such a beautiful movie. The sensuality present throughout the scenes between the two leads reminds me a lot of In the Mood for Love.

    I need to see more Stanley Kwan movies.

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    “Remember, what makes you different is what makes you Spider-Man.” 

    It is crazy to me that we’re in a year where Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War came out and this Sony animated film is the best superhero movie I’ve seen in 2018. It’s difficult to collect my rambling thoughts about how much I loved this film so this review won’t be very analytical. 

    Everything about this movie was so fresh, beautiful, and fun. The story was suprisingly mature for…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    “Anybody accidentally kills anybody in a fight, they go to jail. It’s called manslaughter.” 

    Tarantino has done it again. Every component from cinematography, lighting, soundtrack, direction, editing, writing, pacing, tone, and especially the acting is totally phenomenal. This was my first time seeing a Tarantino film in theaters and that was such a lovely experience. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt should really just get a joint Oscar for this one, their chemistry is perfect and each of them is so…