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  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    "I'd be safe and warm if I was in L.A."

    An unexpectedly melancholic yet often uproariously funny film that makes you just so delighted to see that it came out to be an intensely personal film that is in no way trying to capitalize on the Manson infamy. Hell, that's only a part of it.

    Robbie in particular conveys a such a strikingly haunting portrayal of Sharon Tate that really it doesn't feel much like a performance but more pure…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

    Starting from the opening sequence that culminates in Florence Pugh's anguished wails piercing through the phone followed by The Haxan Cloak's nerve-shredding string score that kicks in with such violent intensity that you can't help but be pinned down to your seat for the remainder of Midsommar's two and a half hour runtime.

    This'll probably irritate mainstream audiences a lot more than Hereditary as the shocking gore is spliced in more frequently, and to an equally hellish and dread-inducing effect.…

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  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    On a rewatch the three things that stand out are its perfect final five minutes, the beautiful cinematography from Robert Richardson, and one of the great DiCaprio and Pitt performances we've seen yet.

    And it very much reminded me of Boogie Nights both in its themes and as it gives you such a giddy and exciting hit of moviemaking. The parallels between them become all the more apparent when you know how Burt Reynolds was originally slated to appear in…

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★★

    Seeing this with QT in the audience laughing at innocuous points in his own movie was an experience.

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  • Honey Boy

    Honey Boy

    ★★★★★

    Sundance Film #2:
    Incredibly harrowing and emotionally powerful, Honey Boy may not be an easy watch but it is ultimately an incredibly rewarding one.

    Shia LaBeouf truly is unrecognizable in a performance that strikes the same (and maybe even a greater) chord as Allison Janney in I, Tonya. The 2020 Oscars Best Suppoting Actor race starts now.

    Honey Boy is a film I know is going to haunt me for a long while.

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★★

    SXSW Film #8:
    Jordan Peele. Greta Gerwig. John Krasinski. And now, Olivia Wilde. 

    Absolutely hysterical from start to finish. Everyone involved in front of and behind the camera are brilliant and at the top of their respective games. Billie Lourde is such a scenatealer that it’s impossible to think that she isn’t going anywhere. Bravo Olivia Wilde. Bravo.