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  • Boyz n the Hood

    Boyz n the Hood

    ★★★★½

    At 23, John Singleton has crafted an audacious, colossal coming-of-age film that is both specific and universal in its exploration of Black masculinity and the crises faced by its larger community. Released in 1991, Boyz n the Hood exposes a sad, and cruel social study on Black masculinity and how they’ve became victims of a wretched institution that facilitates an endless, ongoing cycle of violence, abuse and racial prejudice. Singleton proves that his age is not a hurdle in rendering…

  • Hillbilly Elegy

    Hillbilly Elegy

    ★½

    Ron Howard (director of Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind) deliberately puts his wrong foot forward in this misguided, and horribly written drama that dramatizes the rise of J.D. Vance, from his hard upbringing in the Appalachia to a successful author/venture capitalist with a Yale Law-degree. His story, inconceivably deemed as a “window to the forgotten white working class”, is just a plain overstatement, irresponsible, and demeaning to the real lives of these people. And don't get me started with…

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  • Force Majeure

    Force Majeure

    ★★★★

    Ruben Östlund's sophisticated, wickedly funny, and intriguing dissection of masculinity, gender roles, marriage, and relationships is irresistibly alive, uncomfortable, yet absolutely clever. Östlund's psychodrama follows a couple and their kids in a ski vacation somewhere in France, but the couple's relationship is severely tested by an avalanche that will trigger their inner demons, as well examine their moral dilemmas.

    It's like Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage meets Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf with special participation of Haneke's cold precision. Ostlund…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    Damien Chazelle's smashing, adrenaline-fueled, electrifying drama is bloody exhilarating to watch as it is uncomfortably compelling. Chazelle is surely one of the up and coming directors we need to watch out for. His youthful, energetic, intense direction is felt on screen and it's mind-blowing. The film follows a young jazz drummer and his quest to be the best among the rest in a prestigious music conservatory.

    This film reminds me of Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, and Black Swan, as their…