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  • Midnight Cowboy

    Midnight Cowboy

    ★★★★½

    The most late '60s film ever.

    From the very first moment of this film, I was hooked. The editing, Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'", the whole aesthetic just sucked me in like a black hole. New Hollywood grit at its best. At times it reminds my of my favorite novel, "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoyevsky. Like the novel, it portrays poverty in its true colors, no matter how ugly it may be.

    Perhaps one of the few Best Picture winners that really deserves the title.

  • Taste of Cherry

    Taste of Cherry

    ★★★★½

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

    Another home run from Kiarostami. Coming from a background of knowing suicide much too well, I find this film to be a quite comprehensive look at the subject.

    The ending is one of those fourth wall breaks that feels earned, but at the same time it doesn't really give you any answers. I'm not sure how I totally feel about it yet, but I know that I'll be thinking about it for years to come.

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  • The Act of Killing

    The Act of Killing

    ★★★★★

    This is my all-time favorite film as of now. It is a true story that is so dramatic, so incredibly emotionally effective, you would swear that it was written. But what happens is better than someone could even write. It IS surreal, it IS terrifying and disgusting. And it's incredible. No other movie has ever captured this level of pure drama in such an intimate, brilliant, and horrifying way.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★½

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

    To quote William Friedkin, "If that is a masterpiece, then what is Citizen Kane?"

    This film is not only not the reinvigorating opus that everyone seems to think it is, it isn't even a particularly good movie.

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse suffers from a variety of problems that are too painfully obvious to ignore. Most noticeably: plot holes. The various Spider-People that Miles encounters in the film all seem to know where Miles and the others are at any point,…