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  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★½

    Having grown up playing Mortal Kombat as a kid, I feel a great deal of nostalgia for the franchise. However, while the storyline and characters work well in the video games, it’s difficult to adapt the same concept to film. Being that James Wan (Insidious, Saw) produced this, I was initially optimistic that this might be one of the better video game to film adaptations, but alas, it was not. The characters, storyline, and pacing are poorly developed and adding…

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★

    Gritty, gripping, and dismal, Good Time is pulpy and anxiety-inducing neo-noir heightened by Daniel Lopatin’s (Oneohtrix Point Never) often palpitating score. Despite the obvious poor and unscrupulous decisions made by the film’s anti-hero (Robert Pattinson), I still found myself rooting for him to prevail in his pursuits because I found the sibling bond between he and his brother to be so endearing. Would recommend if you vibed with Uncut Gems (also directed by the Safdie brothers and scored by Daniel Lopatin) and/or Enter the Void. 🔳◼️◾️▪️

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  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ★★★★

    Paris, Texas is glacially paced and entangled with questionable logic; but is also a delicately woven fabric of grief, languishing, remorse, redemption, and glimpses into varying levels of complicated love set amid richly colored cinematography of Southwestern American landscapes, desolate motels, endless roads, and introspective nights illuminated by neon lights. The film primarily maintains a meandering and melancholic atmosphere, and evokes moods and feelings that are reflective of a quietly pained, but in many ways humanly relatable existence.

  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★

    A look at Adam Driver driving and finding poignancy in the prosaic parts of his character’s permanence. 

    Given the poetic nature of Paterson, I wrote a haiku to summarize my review of the film: 

    Special pie, oh my
    Content in quiet routines 
    Marvin is the worst