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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    “I have found another form of prayer.”

    The writing in this movie is just brilliant. What a treat it was the get inside the head of Toller as he struggles to reconcile a pastor’s hopeful musings with the dread of a man engulfed by the Darkness, ultimately succumbing to the latter. The stillness of each scene coupled with the minimal soundtrack had me completely locked in. Also, there is a ton of foreshadowing in this movie and it’s all subtle…

  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man

    ★★★½

    Doing nothing is not bad. Ipso facto.” I enjoyed the existential themes in this movie, but quite frankly I thought it was pretty boring. Although the ending was a perfect example of synthesis between plot and theme, I didn’t like how long it took to get there. It could benefit from better pacing and more rewarding screen time for certain characters.  Even the most anticipated scenes were lacking energy. When we finally got to meet the overtly sexual neighbor or…