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  • Fruitvale Station

    Fruitvale Station

    ★★★★½

    They refer to Octavia Spencer as “Ma” in this and I lost it.  

    But in all seriousness, this film is superb. If you know me, you know I cry easily at movies. But this was the first time I had ever broken down out of overwhelming anger and rage. 

    Experiencing snapshots of Oscar’s life until his untimely death was the perfect way to tell the story of a young man in the East Bay striving to do better for…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★½

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

    Congrats to JJ for making a movie so lacking in pacing, earned emotional beats, true character development, consequence of action, and actual obstacles for our growing team of protagonists that I lost all hope of a decent movie one minute in. 

    I was exhausted watching this. I was so angry. Every three minutes we are either introduced to new characters, new worlds, or both, and the once very complex and solid group of protags is forced into less development, stupid…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★½

    During Joker's climactic speech, the film voices its reasoning for Arthur Fleck's spiral into madness. It's the same idea that MAGA is built on: society was decent, maybe even great, at one point but has since devolved into one that disenfranchises, that eats up and spits out, that pays no attention to those deemed lesser, and is thus to blame for the bad apples it creates.

    This logic is rooted in an oversimplified mentality that disregards the fact there has…