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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    100

    Two years ago today, much like Little, I encountered an epiphany that would forever change the course of my life. With great reluctance, I officially came out to my closest friends (and the entirety of Twitter) as bisexual, a decision that has proven to be the most influential of my life so far. While it’s now been 730 days since, hindsight has yet to afford me the wisdom to decide whether or not it’s turned out for better or…

  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

    ★★★★★

    100 

    At the time that I write this, it’s a quarter to midnight, and I’m weeping at my desk. The tears are not born of an inability to effectively expound my love for this film — the notion that I could ever conjure up the adequate diction to do so is a fantasy I’ve already made peace with. They’re not born of a general sadness — while Synecdoche has no trouble inspiring a trip to the nearest Kleenex carrier, the…

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  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★★

    84

    Chad Stahelski: Hey Keanu, I’ve got some new ideas for the next John Wick and I wanted to run some of them by you.  

    Keanu: [fixing his halo] I’m all ears, Chad. 

    CS: I was really hoping to include more dynamic camerawork — flashy swivels, fewer cuts, and intimate close-ups to emphasize the spatial immediacy of combat. The studio’s giving us a bigger budget this time around, so I wanted to capitalize on that with more stuntmen. 

    K: [hand-feeding…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★

    77

    Petty, neon-lit vengeance enacted on those powerless to stop it — they can’t stall the wrath of John Wick, though it doesn’t stop them from trying. Chapter 2 doubles down on its predecessor’s blazing badassery, aiming to expand upon the franchise’s mythological underbelly and maintain rivet as it flirts with ostentation. Most of it works; Reeves’ comic book delivery and gaudy exercises in brutality carry the payload as far as it’ll go, stalling only when the flashy gun-fu loses…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★½

    93

    Comprised entirely of skin — glistening skin, leathery skin, skin not yet claimed — all of it bathed in crimson retribution. Given the fact that Suspiria originates from the sensuous directorial eye of Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name ring a bell?), this contemplative beast was destined to sport a special brand of spatial tenderness, though I couldn’t have predicted his unassuming romanticism would translate this well. Even as it soaks the pupils in red and flirts with…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★

    75

    “If only you knew how little I know about the things that matter.” 

    At some point during my revisit to this visually-lavish conflict of skin, I decided to close my eyes. Not because I was getting tired (even though it was one in the morning), and definitely not because I was getting bored — I just wanted to see if I could feel it. To me at least, the best dialogue transcends our sense of sight, and requires only…