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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    “I just feel comfortable here”

    For as long as humans have existed, there has been a divide between the haves and the have nots. It’s appeared across all cultures and throughout history, for this separation between the well-to-do and those who struggle to make ends meet is ingrained within our very DNA. For those suffering from scarcity, studies show that the mind goes into tunnel vision, literally unable to think about long-term consequences; it becomes so maniacally focused on short-term…

  • Cats

    Cats

    What a way to start the decade

    I want to start by taking a look at this poster of Cats. The sensation it’s trying to convey is clear--with a vivid, colorful skyline of the city, the center character gracefully reaches up to the wide-open night sky in an expression of exuberance and freedom. It’s a relatable, desirable, and very much human feeling to behold, that is until your eyes wander downwards and notice the tail on this anthropomorphic character. Suddenly,…

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★

    Hey Letterboxd!

    Long time no see. Hope you didn't miss me too much, but I had been spending the last few months studying for the LSAT. Now that it's over with, it's time for me to catch up on the countless films I've watched in the meantime. Glad to be back!

    Doubtlessly apparent in every Christopher Nolan flick is the full embrace of big ideas. Like the gravitational pull of a black hole, the desire for bold thinking is so…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Some events are so rare that--like an orbital alignment--they’re often spoken more about than actually experienced firsthand. Whether it be the configuration of celestial bodies or an epic tale of grand scope discussing the trajectory of the human race, these phenomena sometimes get known more for their reputation rather than their actual significance: the sheer profundity of their content. Though 52 years after its debut and 19 years after the events of the film supposedly take place, 2001: A Space…

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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★½

    “Nobody cares about the end of the world”

    Jordan Peele is not a one trick pony. In a film of haunting performances, spellbinding visuals, and metaphors 11 layers deep, Us paints a damning portrait of America, cynically invoking uniting ideas like the Hands Across America campaign as the root of what’s driving us apart. In Us, a family holiday becomes something much worse as doppelgangers begin to terrorize the house. These actors pull double duty as the terrified family and…

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★

    If Beale Street Could Talk is a story about love, plain and simple. It’s a fundamental part of the human experience that has for too long gone ignored in stories about Black Americans. Tish and Fonny are in love, walking hand in hand along the waterfront wearing matching colors in this movie’s opening, and as this story progresses, director Barry Jenkins never relents from that love, even as they and their families face the harshest and ugliest of hardships that…