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  • Waves

    Waves

    ★★

    Shults' style in his debut film Krisha felt well-suited to that story. Here, outside of the second wrestling scene, I found it cliche at best and obnoxious at worst. Let's just say the aesthetic rarely adds to the story's content. Waves clearly wants to be another Moonlight, but the opening 360 shot inside Tyler's car (Moonlight also begins with a swirling camera) is honestly more Michael Bay than Barry Jenkins.

    Shults wants us to feel things. A lot of things.…

  • The Spectacular Now

    The Spectacular Now

    ★★★★★

    Includes yet humanizes essentially every high school trope - dating, sex, alcohol, prom - to the point where the film is no longer a "high school movie", but a movie about people who happen to be in high school.

    Consider Sutter's alcoholism. On one hand, he's the fun dude who drinks too much. But on the other, he's a young man who uses alcohol to numb himself from some of life's harsher truths. His father's absence is something he and…

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  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★½

    I'm almost embarrassed reading my original review of Columbus. While it's certainly an honest portrayal of what I felt at the time (loved it and still do), it's also a review that misses so much of what makes Columbus great, not to mention containing opinions I've altered since.

    So let's get one thing out the way, this movie is damn near perfect. Kogonada knows exactly how to tell this story. It takes total control to simultaneously let your story breathe…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    Moonlight builds to a moment so vulnerable, so empathetic, and so beautiful, that I don't think it will ever leave me.

    There are only two other instances in a film where I could FEEL the emotions of a character to the degree I felt at the end of Moonlight. One was during the bar scene in The Station Agent, and the other was during the boat scene in Before Sunset. All three have personal connections to me in one way…