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  • Chef

    Chef

    ★★★★★

    Man, I love this movie. It's very formulaic, but it works and I love it's simplicity. This was made to celebrate food, the people that make it, and its ability to bring people together.

    I remember the first time I saw this walking out of the theater feeling super relaxed and ready to have a good day.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★

    God, men are such goddamn trash.

    And entitled, apathetic, selfish, straight white dudes are even worse.

    This is an exercise in discomfort. If Hereditary is the film equivalent of a panic attack mixed with family trauma, Midsommar is the harrowing epitome of abusive relationships and trauma/grieving, as well as systemic patriarchy and misogyny.

    Aster just knows dread, man. It lingers the whole time. You know bad shit's going to happen, and you feel terrible, but you can't look away because…

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  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★★★

    Great concept, great execution. I've likened this to a best-case scenario of a Call of Cthulhu or other "real world" type RPG where you ask players to come up with their own interesting character with a reason to be in this place.

    Fantastic cast doing fantastic work, and great camera and sound work. Even when you think you know what's happening, it all changes the next scene, and you realize all you need to know is what was in front of you. I absolutely loved it.

  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★

    I mean, it's a classic for a reason. I feel like people sort of overblow the importance of the film and the cult following its received makes it rival Scarface in edgy douchebags that say it's their favorite, but it's a solid movie. I'm not sure it's my favorite Tarantino film anymore, but it's a contender and holds a special place in my heart. Each performance is fantastic and unexpected, and the out-of-order storytelling is super hard to get right - so many movies try so hard to follow in its footsteps and fall short, and that speaks to its merit.