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  • La Dolce Vita

    La Dolce Vita

    ★★★★★

    Where do I even begin with a movie whose own title is untrue? Oh... I guess I can begin with exactly that. Okay, let's do it.

    La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life) is as sweet as the American Dream - utterly bitter; but for one to taste its bitterness, one has to take a bite. This is a movie with a fake title. In fact, almost everything in La Dolce Vita is fake. This film isn't about the epic encounters…

  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★★

    Persona is certainly one of the most enigmatic and profound films ever made, and it’s one of my favorites.

    I don’t know what planet I was on when I said that the first hour of this movie isn’t that engaging. It’s one of the craziest, most tension-filled hours I have ever experienced. And it’s all driven by dialogue, acting and visuals - all of which are superb. This, to me, is where Bergman jumped to another level as a filmmaker…

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  • The 39 Steps

    The 39 Steps

    ★★★★

    Why 39? It's not even, it's not prime and it's a multiple of 13. Please, someone give me a good reason. I don't get it, and my OCD doesn't either.

    The 39 Steps is the definition of a basic Hitchcock thriller. It has tension and brilliant suspense-creating techniques, a witty script, good acting and a big third act. The execution is great, but not fantastic. It's one that you can't really complain about, but also can't excessively praise. Yep.

    The 37 Steps? That's a least prime.

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★★

    Yikes... what a miss.

    Wonder Woman 1984 thankfully has some sort of connective tissue (Patty Jenkins's style) - don't misunderstand me, she fucked up here, but she fucked up like she wanted to -, because outside of that it has pretty much nothing going for it.

    Gal Gadot is gorgeous and makes for a compelling Wonder Woman. That's about it.

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  • Three Colors Trilogy

    Three Colors Trilogy

    ★★★★★

    One of the best trilogies of all time. By themselves, each installment serves as a great film. Together, they form one of the most important pieces of art cinema has ever produced.

  • The Prom

    The Prom

    ★½

    Look, let me begin by sayingIi love musicals and I can certainly let myself enjoy something without analyzing it critically, but... this, in my eyes, was a complete and utter disaster.

    I’m sorry James Corden, but I don’t want to see you in musicals anymore.

    This movie just screams “WE MADE THIS WITH NO ARTISTIC GOALS AND JUST STRAIGHT UP SHOVED IN STUPID AND UNLIKABLE CHARACTERS TO SAY THAT WE HAVE A DIVERSE CAST AND A STORY THAT SPEAKS TO…