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  • Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    ★★★★½

    83

    A haunting vision about the loss of individuality. The first half is almost like a nightmare while the second half exposes the truth to the outcome of these men. One of my favorite intros from Kubrick that introduces so much with seemingly so little. Has some of his most gorgeous shots and shows an even darker side to war that I’ve never seen explored yet. The song choices are also immaculate. I do feel like my first viewing was…

  • The Host

    The Host

    ★★★★

    72

    A very literal depiction of the “monster” that exists in most of Bong’s filmography. What could end up being a B movie idea becomes a beautiful orchestration of music and movement that hides the true threats behind a cgi creature. It’s scale feels similar to Okja which I did enjoy aside from it’s lack of finesse that I feel The Host brought.

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  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★½

     65

    I was/am pretty unknowledgeable about this situation and politics in general, but it’s quite sad that nothing has really changed almost 50 years later. Dialogue flows very well and the film gives well needed moments to breathe through the more intense and serious scenes. At times the film was bogged down by it’s need to cater to general audiences so some scenes felt too polished and hollywood-esque. But, other than that, this film couldn’t have come at a better time so I do recommend seeing it.

  • The Last Temptation of Christ

    The Last Temptation of Christ

    ★★★★

    80

    An excruciating visage through the trials and tribulations that surrounded Him. Scorsese's decision to create an adaptation of the original novel by Nikos Kazantzakis serves as one of his most complex and difficult feats so far. What I didn't know before viewing this film is that the novel touches on the author's own questions and feelings about his faith. Understanding this allows me to appreciate the film even more as it isn't just trying to depict the story of…