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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★

    In which the mutant super-being known to man as Tom Cruise runs — runs away from a majestically mustachioed villain with fists that reload and discharge like cannons; runs towards helicopters that will soon zip amongst canyons far too narrow for such activity; and runs, with the swift agility and confidence of a mountain goat, away from the pitifully ill-equipped constructs known and feared by mere mortals as Time and Aging. It's a cultural staple to claim that after The…

  • Delusions of Grandeur

    Delusions of Grandeur

    Delusions of Grandeur is now available to watch here.

    Almost two years ago in March 2017, the idea for this film was conceived on a road trip. From an image in my mind came a scenario, a scene, a narrative, a central theme. With the help of Caleb came countless rewrites, revisions, additions, and redactions: months of work on a script that we were both eventually pleased with. The script sat finished for several months during the school year, waiting…

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  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★★

    The Agatha Christie/Tarantino comparisons are absolutely justified, and seeing as how I’m a consistently die-hard fan of one and an occasional fan of the other, Bad Times at the El Royale went down just dandy in my books. A combination of The Hateful Eight’s/And Then There Were None’s strangers-trapped-by-the-elements hook and Pulp Fiction’s chronologically fluctuating timeline of violence that builds to reconciliation, this is one heck of a ride that I enjoyed immensely. While this is certainly a film interested…

  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★

    “It was a rough year.”

    This sentiment always begins its annual excursion as December comes to a close; in that tiresome week’s span during which Christmas is behind us and the short-lived joys of new year’s resolutions are ahead, there’s little to consider but the disappointments and shortcomings yielded from the last twelve months. And now, after the close of the last year and the birth of the next, that statement seems especially true. Of course, Ecclesiastes 1:9 remains true…

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  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★★

    A dichotomy of crooks and cops set against a backdrop of crime and corruption. Two sides, each seeking the truth through a labyrinth of lies—it’s no wonder everybody gets a little turned around. It’s a business of perpetual suspicion and uncertainty, one where double crossings and deceptive dealings are more common than dirty looks at a traffic jam. One man, two lives, his very identity teetering on a razor’s edge—but in this business, you play with the switchblades, you’re gonna…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★½

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

    Alright, I’m not gonna exert a whole lot of effort on this review due to the fact that, to be frank, Roma kind of drained me. I honestly don’t understand the lack of correlation between the universal and uproarious praise Roma has received, my deep appreciation for Cuarón’s work, and my love (or lack of it) for this film. I’m going to go ahead and admit my part in the unforgivable cinematic transgression: I was really, really bored. Sure, the…