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  • Contact

    Contact

    ★★★★★

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

    "Look, all I'm asking is for you to just have the tiniest bit of vision. You know, to just sit back for one minute and look at the big picture. To take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history... of history."

    Carl Sagan was a master of popularizing science, of translating our scientific passion for knowledge. He had the smarts and more importantly the charm. I loved…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

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    "Despite knowing the journey... and where it leads... I embrace it... and I welcome every moment of it."

    Despite knowing this film inside and out, I welcome every minute of runtime. It has so many of my favorite aspects of SF beautifully woven together. Strung together by an amazing cast and a respectable budget for a non-superhero SF film.


    "There are days that define your story beyond your life. Like the day they arrived."

    I loved that the aliens intentions…

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  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★½

    Using Raffey Cassidy to play Celeste and Celeste's daughter bugged me. Lazy casting director, bring in someone else.

    This film was just rather underwhelming. The first half transitioned poorly into the second and Portman's portrayal felt off. Did Cassidy have anything resembling the accent that Portman was putting on heavy? Also that drug abuse montage was just strange. Everything in the second half of the film felt janky, cliche, and forced.

    The 2.5 stars is for the first half, music,…

  • The Year of Spectacular Men

    The Year of Spectacular Men

    ★★★

    ❤️ Izzy ❤️ She enthusiastically binge watches X-Files... we'd get along real well. I'd probably propose once a week. Yea... yea... my standards are pretty high, I know. "Must like occasional hermit'ing to binge watching SF."

    Seriously though, I thought the actors had great chemistry. Only after did I learn that the two leads are sisters, one wrote the script, their mother directed, and father produced. I think that is pretty cool and it was a plus for the film.…

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

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

    I don't like superhero movies... I don't like superhero movies... I don't like superhero movies... Why won't you believe me!

    The animation is beautiful. I don't know if it bests the few Ghibli films I've seen, but it has to be in the conversation. More-so, this really felt like a comic book come to life. Maybe that's part of what I've found lacking in the million live-action superhero films. Comic stories without the comic feel. Also the audio was superb.…

  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★★½

    Damn, I just don't know about this one. Obviously the production was great. Talent all around. I'm just not satisfied by pieces of the story, but what specifically isn't easy to identify. The grime-encrusted atmosphere and sexual friction was palpable. Some of the flow felt janky though, the editing for the non-chronological pieces maybe the root cause...

    Moreso, you could cut the third act and still express all of the themes the director wanted to present. Making the last act…