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Favorite films

  • Pulp Fiction
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Heat
  • GoodFellas

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  • The King's Man

    ★★★

  • Red Rocket

    ★★★

  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

  • The Host

    ½

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  • The King's Man

    The King's Man

    ★★★

    The newest film in the Kingsman franchise, the King’s Man is a prequel to 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service that blew me away with its breathtaking action and tongue in cheek humor. Unfortunately, 2017’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle failed to deliver a worthy sequel and while the film wasn’t terrible, it was disappointing compared to the original. 
    Well, Matthew Vaughn’s latest outing is definitely far superior to its superior but it isn’t quite flawed either.
    Ralph Fiennes lead performance as…

  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket

    ★★★

    Sean Baker’s latest slice of life story brings the audience into the life of Mikey Saber, a down on his luck porn star returning home to rebuild his life. Baker as a director has a great fly on the wall style of filmmaking that really captures the gritty nature of the story he’s telling( also utilized well in 2015’s Tangerine and 2017’s Florida Project) and makes the character feel real with their flaws exposed and Simon Rex as Mikey has…

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★½

    The stylish dark filmmaking style of David Fincher and the captivating story written by Gillian Flynn and a great performance by Ben Affleck and an Oscar worthy performance by Rosamund Pike. The tension of the film keeps the audience on the edge of your seat for most of the film. The film is best seen without knowing much about the film so if you haven't read the book, wait and watch the film first. The twists and turns are original…

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★★

    A movie that screams Wes Anderson with its stylistic cinematography (the pastel colors look amazing onscreen), the absurdly and often dark plot elements and the endearing story ( thanks to Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward that bring a chemistry and depth to their characters that shows experience beyond their young age).
    The supporting characters (comprised of several big name actors-Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Edward Norton among many others) add a lot of depth to the film and…