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  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    More than a film set in Hollywood in 1969, Tarantino’s latest is a film about Hollywood in 1969, more specifically the ins and outs of Americana and the clash of cultures at a transformative time. Comprised of a series of very loosely connected vignettes that showcase the anxiety of the older generation and its resistance towards a new way of thinking, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood often veers into docu-drama territory. Made up TV episodes that might‘ve just been…

  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★★

    2007 was the most important cinematic year in my personal development as a film enthusiast. It was the year when I started paying attention to film with a different eye, a critical eye. It was the year that movie houses became my churches. It was the year of American Cinema, the year of There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Man, Michael Clayton, and Gone Baby Gone. It was a dark year, a year in which the silver screen…

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  • Five Graves to Cairo

    Five Graves to Cairo

    ★★★★

    Early, under-appreciated, and little known Wilder. This film rarely pops up in conversation, even amidst cinephiles. Perhaps that’s because Wilder hit the ground running straight away with two masterpieces, Double Indemnity and Lost Weekend (his third and fourth films). But the two that came before (this and The Major and the Minor) are also excellent pieces of carefully crafted filmmaking. Wildly different in tone, they nevertheless share Wilder unmistakable trademarks: the acerbic dialogue, the sardonic view of the world, the…

  • Oblivion

    Oblivion

    ★★

    Cruise, my guy, you let me down. But you’re still my guy!

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  • Written on the Wind

    Written on the Wind

    ★★★★

    The colors. The photography. The dresses. The cars. The rooms. The dialogue. The unrequited love. The quiet dignity. The desperation. The fate. The tragedy. It’s all there, written in the wind.

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★½

    I'm a big fan of Bo's offbeat, observational and inventive comedy. I was sold on this movie after it was lauded as the transposition of his unique vision to the big screen... except it's not. Eighth Grade isn't funny or thought-provoking. It merely chooses a small pocket of a very specific demo, and runs with what adults think kids do. It's hard to empathize with how complete idiots and incompetent adults are, as well as how horrible or unbelievably awkward…