Grace Roden

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  • Waves

    Waves

    ★★★½

    When people ask me whether or not I liked this movie I ask...which one?

    The first movie was raw, intense, and an intimate portrayal of the suffocating expectations of a young black athlete. It shows unwavering commitment to success, success that is only achieved by the accumulation of his bodily capital. An injury leads him down a road of destruction and harm. An intense soundtrack accompanies the gradual deterioration of his life. The climax of the film genuinely made me…

  • Black Bear

    Black Bear

    ★★★★½

    Wow.

    Usually when I google a movie and the first thing to pop up is “______ explained” it is a sign of bad film making. I think that when a director makes something that requires the viewer to watch a film essay afterwards is not a sign of good filmmaking. Rather, it is the fault of the director for not making the message of a film clear. I really dislike leaving a movie feeling stupid and as if the movie…

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    Luca Guadagnino's Call Me by Your Name is, hands down, one of the best movies romance movies of all time. The whole movie was stunningly atmospheric. Guadagnino's intentional use of a consistent camera lense made the audience feel like they were among the characters, basking in the Italian sun. Guadagnino manipulated color to create a sensual warmth that came beaming from the screen. There was lack of scripted lines, and yet such complicated feelings for the main character, Ellio Perlman,…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    First Reformed tells the story of Reverend Toller, a leader of a small, historical, and deeply traditional church. One day he is approached by a pregnant woman in his parish urging him to come talk to her husband, Micheal. Her husband, a formerly incarcerated radical environmentalist, is convinced that it would be immoral to bring a child into this deteriorating world. At first, Reverend Toller starkly disagrees with Micheal’s assessment, but as the film progresses, his thoughts become more radicalized…