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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★

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

    I'm a little sad to be giving Sound of Metal 3 stars, because the film itself is one of the best composed, intimately crafted, and excellently acted movies I've seen in a long time. While I feel Sound of Metal is a must watch movie of 2020/2021, the ethos behind its themes and message does not sit well with me, and ultimately takes away from the quality of the movie as a whole. Sound of Metal is a movie about…

  • Someone Great

    Someone Great

    ★★★

    "Someone Great" came on my radar because of a weird meta-inception between director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson and Taylor Swift (Credit must go to my fiancée Rebecca for discovering this). Robinson was going through a breakup herself when she discovered Swift's album "1989" and was inspired enough by it to create "Someone Great." In turn, Swift loved "Someone Great" so much that she wrote the song "Death by a Thousand Cuts" based on the film. If it inspired a Taylor Swift…

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  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★★

    There is a barrier that exists between people with and without dementia. Obviously those of us fortunate enough not to be inflicted with the disease understand logically what dementia is and its effects on the mind and body-- but what neurotypical people lack is a fundamental empathy with the experience of dementia. I imagine it can be difficult to puzzle your way to that empathy through rigorous study of the condition, but perhaps art provides a better lense by which…

  • Being John Malkovich

    Being John Malkovich

    ★★½

    On rewatch, I enjoyed it more, but ultimately "Being John Malkovich" still escapes me. I was able to grab hold on some of the themes a little better, but still feel as if it was disjointed, underdeveloped, and a little too surreal for me. Glad I gave it another chance though.