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  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

    ★★★½

    Ever watch a highly-praised movie that you have been anticipating to watch for the longest time and end up slightly underwhelmed? Well, that is Synecdoche, New York for me.
    Do not get me wrong I genuinely love other works of Charlie Kaufman including Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind! His philosophical creativity and cynical wit is not lost in Synecdoche as it spans through the life of a troubled theater director. Philip Seymour Hoffman gives a…

  • City Lights

    City Lights

    ★★★★★

    A movie so tender and pure in both the emotional and cinematic sense.
    It may be a simple story but everything that happens in-between Point A and Point B will make the viewer grin, tear up, and yearn for more simple and innocent days within the comedy genre. A charming and lovely story with such a beautiful ending. It made me nostalgic for an era of time that I never was apart of, and transported me to the 1930's so effortlessly. Charlie Chaplin has crafted a timeless film that shows his energy and creativity so beyond well!

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★½

    While I may be a sucker for coming-of-age high school films this one is a true gem y'all!
    From start to finish Booksmart is an absolute delight and hysterical! Olivia Wilde has crafted a vibrant, ruthless, and bold directorial debut with the most amazing cast I have seen all year! She pulled a Dazed and Confused by being able to get the audience to care about so many unique and diverse high schoolers. This cast, especially from the leading ladies,…

  • Zombieland

    Zombieland

    ★★★★

    Zombieland really did make zombies cool again for the mainstream audience right before The Walking Dead would become a worldwide phenomenon...what if they have the power to cure the current zombie fatigue with the sequel? Let's hope so!
    Zombieland is one of the most entertaining, wild, and gory horror cult classics of the 21st Century. While the story may have some predictable elements it is done with lots of good humor, a strong cast that is having so much fun,…

  • Rocketman

    Rocketman

    ★★★★½

    While Bohemian Rhapsody was a crowd-pleaser Rocketman is a biographic fantasy that is not scared to hold back....while also being an adult crowd-pleaser for the many Elton John fans around the world.
    What a mesmerizing, vibrant, and energetic film! This is mostly due to Taron Egerton's career-defining and excellent performance as Elton John. He brings the charisma, talent, and emotion to such a dynamic musician that it makes it easy to forget he is acting as he becomes John instantly!…

  • Shazam!

    Shazam!

    ★★★★

    I'm pretty sure Shazam! would have taken down the Sam Raimi/Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy if it had been released in the early 2000's but let's be thankful that it released a good fifteen years later than it should.
    Shazam! was not only better than expected but such a blast and most importantly a light and entertaining entry into the DCU! With a fun performance by Zachary Levi and an engaging story this is a film that brings the audience back…

  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★

    John Wick is glorious because it does not set out to be a bloated, messy, and overly-serious entry in the action genre. It sets out to be exactly what it is and that is to be a thrilling, intense, and entertaining action film with a killer performance by Keanu Reeves.
    Bless John Wick for just wanting his dog back!

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★½

    If put in the wrong hands Scream could have been another disastrous teen horror movie but it WASN'T! Instead we were given a thrilling slasher film with lots of tongue-in-cheek shrills and all the authentic 90's vibes we could ever need!
    Wes Craven does a fantastic job of keeping Scream real and never losing sight of what it actually is; a clever parody of horror films while being a great slasher film itself. The cast is marvelous together and could…

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    ★★★★½

    What hasn't been said about this iconic James Cameron film?
    It is a fantastic sequel that is even better than its predecessor and is a thrilling, unexpected, and action-packed film! It takes what was great about the first film and expands on it even more while making Judgment Day its own.
    Maybe the Avatar sequel will result in a success as this film? Time will only tell!

  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows

    ★★★★★

    Bless Kanopy for having the Criterion Collection on streaming part two (See my Eraserhead review to understand all the references)
    The 400 Blows is a classic French film that is perfect in every way! Such a delightful journey as the audience follows this young devious boy as he navigates through childhood and unpleasant yet entertaining situations. Completely engaging from the first shot to the last, and boasts the 1950's Paris family culture in the most striking and realistic way. The…

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★½

    What can I say that has not already been said?
    Truly an epic ending to a historic cinematic era. The eleven years built up to a dazzling, emotional, entertaining, and grand finale that is extremely well-written, acted, paced, shot, and satisfying. This is one of the few blockbusters of this decade that did not lose its heart amongst the visuals and production values. Endgame was a heartfelt and incredible farewell of some of the most iconic superheroes of the 21st century, and I am truly sad that this phase is over!

  • Eraserhead

    Eraserhead

    ★★★★½

    Bless Kanopy for having the Criterion Collection on streaming; it comes in handy for risky films where one may not want to drop $40 on it until a first watch. Enter Eraserhead!
    I am a fairly big fan of David Lynch's eclectic and euphoric vision that he carries consistently throughout all of his films. Right out of the gate Lynch took his directorial career to explosive heights with Eraserhead which is still so thought-provoking and disturbingly strange decades later. This…