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  • Paris Is Burning

    Paris Is Burning

    ★★★★

    The intimate, cinema verite-style glimpse into a world of both celebration and rivalry along with some truly captivating interview subjects made this a really great documentary all around. It’s insightful without being condescending; inspiring without being preachy; it’s people living their lives and we’re just observing their reality, and that’s what a great documentary should feel like, I think. It’s been on my list for a long time now and only wish I got around to seeing it sooner.

  • Rocketman

    Rocketman

    ★★★★

    This is what a biopic about musicians who lend their unique voices and talents to the world at large should be. While other biopics about musicians/bands typically stick to a linear and fact-for-fact narrative, this film is essentially a visual representation of the kind of music that Elton and Bernie created together: It was imaginative, at times fantastical, but on the whole, personal and real. 
    Elton and Bernie tended to make songs that veered from the mold of convention through…

  • Unicorn Store

    Unicorn Store

    ★★★

    I think this worked mainly because 1. the feeling of being lost/at a crossroads and 2. attempting to hold onto the parts of ourselves that society continuously tells us to push aside - are emotions many of us face at one point or another in our 20s and 30s, and can easily be related to. 
    To me, those main themes were Unicorn Store’s saving grace simply because they made the story personally relatable. And Brie Larson. She’s great.


    There were…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

    Never would I ever have thought I’d give a Spider-Man movie such a high rating and never would I ever have thought I would cry more than once throughout a film about Spider-Man

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★

    If Beale Street Could Talk is such a beautiful film, with a score to match. I had a couple of minor issues such as some of the voiceover narration sounding a bit forced, but overall, this was a visually and emotionally stunning look into a relationship between two hopeful young lovers rocked by racism and bias - and on a larger scale, they’re representations of the countless others who’ve had their lives torn apart by false imprisonment.

  • Fifty Shades Freed

    Fifty Shades Freed

    ★★

    One of the most well produced Lifetime movies I’ve seen

  • Christopher Robin

    Christopher Robin

    ★★★

    I cried every 10 minutes and that’s a generous estimate

  • Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

    Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

    ★★★

    If you're aware of Ted Bundy and his crimes, then the documentary doesn’t really add much more to what you probably already know, but I did find the archival audio and video footage of Ted to be quite compelling. The audio tapes are eery and add an effective element to the real-life horrors that one can not obtain by simply reading up on Ted. The victims (that we know of) who were preyed upon by him are given faces, and Ted’s rumored charm is highlighted to give perspective for us viewers into just how manipulative and unassuming he really was.

  • Leaving Neverland

    Leaving Neverland

    ★★★★

    To see the genuine pain of these men and their families essentially reliving their trauma at the hands of a person the world idolized (even while he had more than just their own sexual abuse accusations against him), to then have his blind fans accuse every victim of his of being lying money-seekers just blows my mind and makes me lose even more faith in humanity. 

    If these men are lying, then they are like none I’ve ever seen in…

  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★★

    Both actors gave really wonderful performances (Viggo really owned those Italian-American stereotypes) but I would have really preferred to have seen the film from Don Shirley’s (an amazing Mahershala Ali) point of view. We have every Scorsese film ever made to show and emphasize what kind of guy Viggo’s “Tony Lip” is and where he comes from; and frankly, his story just isn’t worth being told in comparison to Shirley’s - Shirley’s life was much more socially & emotionally complicated and…

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★½

    I don’t know what I was expecting this to be but it certainly wasn’t any of what I just saw. Nonetheless, I really liked the satirical social commentary this presented and thought the acting was great.

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★★½

    After finishing Bohemian Rhapsody I said, “I liked it, a lot!” but I’m pretty sure it’s because I had a bunch of Queen songs stuck in my head that were clouding my judgement; I associated the value of their awesome music with the value of this mediocre film.
    There’s a lot that’s wrong with it (biographical inaccuracies, poor editing, surfacey script, etc) - overall it does a huge disservice to Queen and Freddie Mercury. That said, Rami emulated Freddie well,…