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  • Await Further Instructions

    Await Further Instructions

    Holy shit. This movie is so crazy I almost respect it. Almost. This movie starts as a really shitty British Get Out, except it handles its racial politics with all the subtlety of sledgehammer. It's like if Daniel Kaluuya had walked into Allison William's family's home and they were all wearing KKK outfits. The performances are passable at best, but I don't even think Laurence Olivier could get through some of this dialogue. Its jaw-clenching. The actual premise of the…

  • A Silent Voice

    A Silent Voice

    ★★½

    There really is a lot to like here, but something did not click for me. The most obvious thing about A Silent Voice is that it truly is stunningly beautiful. The visuals are lush and vibrant, with an elegant hand-drawn style so unique to anime. Yamada chooses to insert Ozu-like cutaways, nearly always to nature and flowers, that are deep calming breaths throughout the pretty intense picture. There is also what feels like a very authentic and thoughtful depiction of…

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  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★★

    Somehow just as good, if not better than the first. I just want to live in these movies for as long as possible.

    Of course very similar to Before Sunrise, this sequel is both a welcome and familiar continuation, but also is able to add a tremendous amount of depth and a little more flare. We walk along with Jesse and Celine- we see there youthful optimism has faded into something more realistic and a lot more melancholy. The shift…

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

    An utterly enthralling experience that melted my mind.

    Somehow, Coppola is able to demonstrate the utter insanity and chaos of the Vietnam War but also create something singularly clear and coherent. Apocalypse Now is psychedelic and mind-bending- every scene completely different from the one before it and yet completely amazing in its own special way. Whether it is a darkly funny Robert Duvall invading a beach to surf, a surreal acid trip through an army base under siege, or a philosophy lesson with an enigmatic Brando, this film does not stop for one single second.

    Truly a masterpiece.