• The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    Pacing, pacing, pacing. This movie is a masterclass in tight scripts and perfect pacing. More incredibly, the movie takes place largely within a small building with only two characters, yet the time flies by. Each shot serves a purpose, every piece of dialogue adds to the narrative and character development, and the sound design keeps viewers on edge. The movie does not claim to have any answers, nor make any statement. In fact, the whole movie seems to be enigmatic…

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★★

    The borders between North and South Korea are well defined; however, this does not stop the blaring propaganda from finding its way to the rural towns south of the border. Burning plays with the idea of boundaries in a subtle way throughout the film: the boundaries of life and death, being and non-being, worth and worthlessness. Symbolism is rampant with many representations that reflect meaning and issues. The story is based on two separate short stories: one by William Faulkner…

  • Suburbicon

    Suburbicon

    The story was written by the Coen brothers, but Clooney decided to add in the narrative of a discriminated African American family. This added social commentary is completely disjointed and appears to only attempt to make the movie feel 'deep' and 'woke'. The tone which the Coen brothers are famous for is completely destroyed by Clooney's poor directing. Matt Damon doesn't seem to know exactly who his character is supposed to be, and this is largely due to Clooney's incompetence…