Shawn Ko

Shawn Ko

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22. Art student. Coffee addict. Story lover. Opinion haver.

Deciding to not give movies ratings has been such a freeing experience.

My likes are my all-time favorites.

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  • Memento

    Memento

    There has already been so much said about this film, so I’ll keep my thoughts brief(ish). I feel like most times that I read reviews for Christopher Nolan movies, they are frequently positive and praising him and his work. I haven’t always had that same outlook, as I don’t always enjoy what he puts out. With Nolan usually being a hit or miss with me, I am very pleased that I really enjoyed this movie from him. What makes Memento

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    Wow, wow, wow. Another hit from the Coen’s. I did not know what to expect when going in, but I did not anticipate it being as violent as it was. Due to this, I was constantly on the edge of my seat.

    While No Country for Old Men is extremely different in tone from all of the other films that I’ve seen by them, I also believe that this is their biggest achievement. They packed SO much into this movie,…

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  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

    Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

    Definitely had some comedic moments throughout, but overall wasn’t as funny as I was hoping it to be. I kept having to remind myself that this came out in the early 2000s, so obviously, some of the jokes would be outdated.

    I did, however, enjoy some of the insane excursions that they went on, and it’s commentaries on race. As being half Korean, I found these bits in the movie to be pretty funny, if extremely exaggerated. I also love…

  • The Social Dilemma

    The Social Dilemma

    While this film did shed some new insights into the growing dangers of social media in our society, it ultimately fails at leaving any long-lasting impressions with me. It was interesting hearing different perspectives from individuals who helped create and develop the tech, however, how this information was presented felt a little manipulative to me. At this point, I think that it is common knowledge that social media can be unhealthy for an individual's mental health, as well as affect…

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  • School of Rock

    School of Rock

    I love this movie so damn much. While Before Sunrise is my favorite film by Linklater, School of Rock is my most rewatched film by him. This movie is such a classic for me and holds so much nostalgia around it, that I find myself watching it a couple of times a year, as it ALWAYS puts a huge smile on my face.

    While it can be predictable at times and has several tropes throughout, what makes this film something…

  • Mulan

    Mulan

    While the representation most definitely could have been stronger (in terms of race and gender), at least Mulan wasn’t an animal for 90% of the movie. I also understand people's complaints about this film regarding its generic villain and tonal issues, however, every time I watch this movie, I never have these criticisms.

    Mulan is one of my biggest comfort films, and this is in part to it being extremely nostalgic for me. Whenever I watch this movie now, it…