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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi


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

    we mustn't destroy what we hate, we must save what we love.

    This is a tremendous, immensely valuable chapter of the Star Wars saga. While I may not come to love it on a personal level as much as I do some of it's predecessors, this thing is fascinating to take in. Johnson provides a cleanse of sorts of all the baggage from this saga's long, rich history; addressed literally in the film as "letting the past die". The divisiveness…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed


    A fierce and passionate parable about hope; First Reformed is a response, at times a whimper and at others a shout, to Jesus’ infamous question in the garden just before his death - My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? A look at the difficulties of a *truly* religious life, one in which all actions, perceptions and reactions are analyzed, scrutinized and reconciled in relation to a foundational text that offers little empathy to those who stray from…

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  • Dunkirk



    An elemental, intimate and apolitical masterpiece; Dunkirk is a condensed look at war and a complex look at the humanity within it. So much is expressed in the smallest moments; isolation, fear, hopelessness, desperation and an immense level of physical exertion. But there are also a few powerful and lasting expressions of compassion, empathy and courage. Peter telling Cillian Murphy's traumatized soldier that George would be OK, despite knowing that he was dead, is such a beautiful display of grace.…

  • The Greatest Show on Earth

    The Greatest Show on Earth


    Very much not my thing. Heavy on melodrama and ridiculously overlong; The Greatest Show on Earth is a tribute to the spectacles and dramas of the circus; a clash of sorts of a cinematic heavyweight in DeMille and the declining circus industry. Sure, there are movie stars galore and clearly this has an epic feel to the action and iconic train crash; but the whole thing is way too bogged down in cliches and dramatics between thinly sketched characters. Some might find a sort of charm to this, but honestly the two and a half hour run-time felt mind-numbing and uninteresting.

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  • La La Land

    La La Land


    I've been seeing lots of "controversy" over the supposed value of La La Land vs something like Moonlight, usually insinuating that La La Land's comparative levity somehow renders it lesser. My quick two cents would that be that yes, Moonlight is a magnificent portrait of masculinity in 2017's world, with broad, valuable insights on how race, sexual preference (*orientation*) and class all influence and inform one's identity. Basically a vehicle and showcase for compassion and empathy in a world seemingly…

  • Arrival



    In light of recent events, I'm reminded of Fermi's paradox. A cynical and unsettling notion which suggests the reason we've never been contacted by extraterrestrial intelligent life is that the no civilization has survived long enough to innovate to that level. Or, in simpler terms, that the fundamental nature of intelligent life is to ultimately destroy itself. As tech and sciences progress further and further, what matters is how we allocate that technology; what leaders we elect to control it…