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  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    ★★★½

  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    ★★★★

  • Old

    ★★½

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  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    ★★★★

    My Criterion Collection 
    Spine #300

    I was pretty young when I watched this and I remember barely any of it connecting with me. I’ve always been a consistent fan of his current work (Fantastic Mr. Fox onward), but of his earlier work, Rushmore was really the only one that I loved. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is a film I’ve always wanted to rewatch out of curiosity that I’d like it more when I was older. I’m glad I…

  • Old

    Old

    ★★½

    Every time I see that a new M. Night film is in the pipeline, I get absolutely ecstatic. You really can’t lose: you either get a film that’s surprisingly good or a film that is an absolute comedy. For me, there’s absolutely no reason to be hesitant about a film by him. In ways, Old lands right in the middle.

    For the first act, I was laughing and enjoying myself immensely: the acting drastically ranged, the writing was super stilted…

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  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    ★★★½

    Star Trek Ranked

    After the abhorrent and horrifically boring Final Frontier, I was really hoping The Undiscovered Country would bring things back in focus and end the original series in a satisfying way and it mostly did, but in not in ways I expected.

    This is leaps better than the previous film and it’s so interesting that the sixth film in this franchise wasn’t only one of the absolute best, but was a film heavily leading on space politics, court…

  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

    Star Trek Ranked

    After Voyage Home, being my favorite of the series so far, I was honestly very excited to see where the series went and it genuinely went absolutely nowhere. The Final Frontier, first and only film in the franchise directed by Shatner, is an incredibly boring, uneventful, horribly edited, ridiculous film with next to none of the charm that made IV so watchable or even the rest of the series for that matter. 

    The first 30 minutes is…

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  • Two Distant Strangers

    Two Distant Strangers

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    *SPOILERS*

    I’m actually dumbfounded by these positive reviews, because I found this to be horrifically exploitative, messy, and unsubtle in just about every single way. The writing is horrible and pandering, the acting (aside from possibly Joey Bada$$, who is decent, and I just like him) is horrible, and the overall execution is so misguided. The themes that are being presented are important and obviously deserve to be at the front line of discussion, but something about a racist police…

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★½

    *me calmly listening to the score, when all of a sudden, Daveed Diggs starts rapping* well, it would appear that this film is perfect.

    I’ve had a lukewarm feeling of Pixar within the last couple years. Not that they’ve made much of anything I would constitute as bad, it’s just that nothing from of recent memory has made me genuinely feel that they’re making something special like they used to; it’s all felt incredibly commercial. With the exception of Coco,…