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  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★

    "You can make yourself cum using only your mind? That's like the one thing my mind can't do."

    Forgot to log this one when I watched it with my mom and girlfriend. It has a "cool aunt" vibe through these young women, who do have a good amount of charisma. The script does suffer from a post-'Superbad' world, but the emotional through-line surprised me as similar to 'Blockers'. It reminded me a lot of folks from high school and it felt more grounded than that studio flick.

    All in all, I laughed a good deal and wouldn't mind seeing a sequel of them in college!

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    "It's a metaphor."

    Funny, thrilling, topical, and skillful, 'Parasite' matched all of the well-earned hype. The pacing doesn't let up, and I was shocked how fast the film felt for being 2+ hours. Good use of space, especially in the house. It felt similar to the suburban neighbor horrors from the 90s without any of the real camp factor.

    I saw the director do a Q+A, and I guess in Korea they can afford to have much larger shoots (this…

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  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★★★½

    "God is a squirrel."

    BEST film of 2015.

    With Cheevo's artful cinematography and Leo's most extreme performance yet, Inarritu is able to craft his best film from one of the most monstrous productions in recent years. A modern epic, it can only be compared to the sheer awe-shock I had when seeing Mad Max: Fury Road earlier this year. I watched some similar films in preparation like 'Man in the Wilderness' (same story) and 'Jeremiah Johnson', a longtime favorite of…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "They found you."

    A future case-study on style vs substance and proof that Roger Deakins can't save EVERY movie, 'Blade Runner 2049' has none of what I admired about the first one: immersion in creepy future LA with rainy ramen noodles + droves of cultural crowds, some atypical acting (Harrison Ford strip club scene), heartwrenching action (retiring Zora), humanistic characters to latch on to (toymaker), and a grizzled protagonist (Gosling could take a hit while Ford would become battered). Instead,…