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  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★★½

  • Audition

    ★★★

  • Moon Knight

    ★★★

  • The Fury

    ★★½

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★

    "Please, be kind! Especially when we have no idea what's going on."

    Can a film be both overrated and life-changing at once?

    At the center of the conflict of this movie is the threat of the "Everything Bagel", a bagel that has literally had everything in the multiverse put on it, turning it into an all-devouring interdimensional black hole. This movie is itself something of an extreme Everything Bagel: one adorned not just with normal, tasty ingredients like sesame seeds…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★

    I have a hard time rating and reviewing these sorts of films, and to be fair, this sort of film isn't made for the likes of me. Exactly who I think the target audience of this film is depends on how generous I am feeling. If I'm being optimistic, I'd say that this is a film that P. T. Anderson made for himself and his peers, a deeply personal project not meant for wide audiences. A more cynical version of…

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  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★★½

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    Seems I'm destined to be bored by the Marvel installments everyone else loves and enamored by the ones everyone else hates. After my disappointment with Moon Knight and general exhaustion with the endless churn of the Marvel cogs, this was exactly the breath of fresh air I needed to (somewhat) renew my faith in the studio's output.

    I prefer the rare Marvel movies that feel more like the idiosyncratic work of their director than the cookie-cutter product…

  • Audition

    Audition

    ★★★

    Call it torture porn, call it extreme horror, call it what you like, I don't care for it. It isn't that I'm squeamish: I'm a seasoned horror fan, and I love a beautiful bit of practical gore effects as much as the next person. It's just that these sorts of films rarely justify their existence beyond reveling in the sadism. They're often thematically bankrupt, or worse, pretentiously obsessed with making their bloodlust seem existential and transgressive. Really, most of the…

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  • American Psycho

    American Psycho

    ★★★★★

    My first exposure to Christian Bale came in the form of his Batman in the Dark Knight movies, where he plays a fairly vanilla leading man type. I had no idea how insanely talented he really is 'til I saw this for the first time as a teen.

    This movie is absolutely hilarious and completely horrifying while also having some real shit to say. It has aged like a fine wine, has a cast that has only grown more impressive over the decades, and has the best ironic use of licensed music this side of Reservoir Dogs. A masterpiece.

  • Gremlins

    Gremlins

    ★★★★★

    My absolute favorite holiday film. It is almost difficult to talk objectively about this film and what makes it great, because it is so deeply, nostalgically entwined with my childhood and my identity. This movie is pure comfort cinema for me. Watching it is like curling up under a safety blanket. This is one of those movies that, if I were to watch it for the first time today, I would say feels like it was made for me. But,…