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  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    ★★★★★

    Grade: MASTERPIECE (5 out of 5)

    "The D is silent."

    With Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino reached into the past to give us a peek of how World War II should have gone down. Three years later, Tarantino reaches further back in history to give us a righteous story from a time of great injustice.

    Django Unchained is a tour de force for Tarantino. All of Tarantino's strengths gained throughout his filmography are in full display: from his ability to create…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Grade: MASTERPIECE (5 out of 5)

    I am in awe of what Bong Joon-ho has accomplished with Parasite. After two subpar films (that’s right, I didn’t really enjoy Snowpiercer nor Okja), I feared Bong had lost his mojo, especially after three fantastic South Korean films.

    Parasite removes all doubt and makes me ashamed I doubted Bong for a moment. The praise and the hype might seem like hyperbole, but I assure you they are not. Parasite is not only one…

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  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★

    Grade: GREAT (4 out of 5)

    Let’s be honest, Night of the Living Dead is very rough around the edges and pretty dated. A good portion of the characters’ actions are unbelievably stupid, which is frustrating. The zombies do look silly initially, especially compared to the modern zombie, but when they swarm that silliness is replaced by terror. Regardless, this pioneering film has something that is timeless: swagger

    Night of the Living Dead confidently tells a terrifying  claustrophobic story that truly…

  • Dial M for Murder

    Dial M for Murder

    ★★★½

    Grade: GOOD (3.5 out of 5)

    Along the same lines of claustrophobic thrillers like Alfred Hitchcock's own Lifeboat and Rope comes the taut yet somewhat pedestrian thriller Dial M for Murder. I found the initial setup of the crime to be interesting, but as the movie went on the plot development was not interesting. The movie is additionally weighted down by long and overly complex monologues that did not create new layers of intrigue like the other two movies I…

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★★

    Grade: MASTERPIECE (5 out of 5)

    "Why so seriou--- Wait, that's not it.

    "You ever dance with the devil in the pale--- No, that's not it either.

    "Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?"
    -Arthur Fleck

    In 2016, New York City (aka Gotham) had 335 homicides, which was nearly one homicide a day. Sounds rough? Well, in 1981, New York City had 1,826 homicides! This carnival of crime is the setting of Todd Phillips' Joker. Add…

  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★★

    Grade: MASTERPIECE (5 out of 5)

    First, I have to clear the air. I checked by previous rating of Inglourious Basterds, which was made years ago, and to my horror I had only given the film four stars! While a four star rating is "Great" in my book, Inglourious Basterds deserves far more.

    In 2009, Quentin Tarantino entered a new phase in his career. Gone are the crime sagas and revenge tales, and in their place is a trip to…