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  • Joe Versus the Volcano

    Joe Versus the Volcano

    ★★★½

    Coming out of Joe Versus the Volcano, I was super impressed with Stephen Goldblatt's cinematography. I got the feeling that John Patrick Shanley was going for a heightened world with this story, but only Goldblatt's shot composition was successful at getting this across. The world through his eyes is exaggerated to a fantastical degree, showing Joe's worldview as one that's in dire need of a change. It's really strangely contrasted against a screenplay that plays it pretty safe as a…

  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line

    ★★★★½

    The second Malick film I've seen, The Thin Red Line is a meditative, often confronting piece about the nature of man at odds with nature itself. It's really amazing that 1998 gave us two of the most interesting, most arresting, and most memorable war films, both executed in vastly different ways --Saving Private Ryan being the other. Much like Tree of Life, I love how much Malick focuses on natural beauty. We're given so much time to soak in the…

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    This movie was my Anton Ego moment for film this year. By this, I mean that it resonated with me in such a profound way that it rocked me to my core and made me reconsider why the art that I love means to much to me. In the case of Into the Spider-Verse, I had to reconcile my love for both film and comic books in the same experience, a feeling which left me shaken through much of the…

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★

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

    It feels really strange that this is the first MCU film that intends to offer a degree of closure to a story that's been going on for just over a decade. In this regard, it feels really exciting that Endgame feels like closure for many storylines, almost as if the franchise has finally allowed itself an opportunity to exhale. Even though I didn't have much of an emotional reaction to this film, there's a lot that I loved about it's…