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Senator has written 57 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Interstellar




    I don't know whether it's due to the way my life's changed in the years since I saw this film originally, but Interstellar got me on a whole new level this time. Goddamn McConaughey and Chastain are powerful here, and I'm certainly willing to forgive some of the plot contrivances (Like how did the group not consider how long the astronaut on the water planet had actually been there first), when the visuals and the performances are this brilliant.

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood



    I felt strangely happy to be alive walking out of this and that feeling's still kind of lingered a few days later, despite the film's explicit fantasy nature. I think it's to do with the film's slice of life nature in place of an actual plot for most of the runtime.

  • Booksmart




    Thank you, Letterboxd and Reddit. On its own this film wouldn't have appealed to me but it was so hyped up online that I ended up going alone to the cinema at one of the last screenings. I don't know if I've ever gone to see a straight-up comedy in theatres but it was so worth it. The first few minutes were a bit slow but I absolutely got hooked on the rest and I admire so many of the directing and editing choices made throughout.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse



    Feels so brilliantly modern, this could represent the decade in the same way Space Jam captures the 90s.

  • The Muppets Treasure Island

    The Muppets Treasure Island


    Film #2 of July 2019 Scavenger Hunt
    Task #30: A film featuring swordplay


    My nostalgia totally carries this movie but that's okay. The songs and jokes are pretty damn great still, and Tim Curry is glorious.

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  • The Death of Stalin

    The Death of Stalin


    Great companion piece to Chernobyl, since both are dealing with the same setting in entirely different ways. Tragedy and Comedy.

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum



    Answers a question about John Wick that I really should have already had in a compelling way, and the rest is a bunch of great action scenes, among with one of the best fight scenes ever. I was basically crying.

    Ranked below the original, which I think will always be the best because both the story and the action are equally outstanding, and above Chapter 2.

    Also I saw this in Gold Class with my bro, the last film we did this with was Mission: Impossible - Fallout, so hopefully there's a batshit amazing action movie next year to keep this up.

  • Million Dollar Baby

    Million Dollar Baby


    Film #29 of April 2019 Scavenger Hunt
    Task #26. Go to a FAN of Movie #25 and find another movie they reviewed!


    Tragic, intense, and exceptional. Big oof.

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  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums


    Film #14 of April 2019 Scavenger Hunt
    Task #5. Go to a WRITER on Movie #4 and find another movie that person wrote!


    A guy I knew in high school was obsessed with this film for a while. I can totally see why, and it's not just because it's really great. I was only an acquaintance of this fellow at best but I can say with confidence that he saw himself in this film. If he lacked an infectious…

  • Lincoln



    Film #6 of April 2019 Scavenger Hunt
    Task #2. Go to the RELEASE YEAR of Movie #1 and find another movie!

    I have only a passing interest in American history so there was a lot going on that I found difficult to follow, much like real life politics. But I thought the rest of Lincoln was pretty amazing, if a little short on anything really unique to say about the man himself. But it still offers an amazing ensemble cast and some glorious cinematography and production design.

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  • The Social Network

    The Social Network


    Film #5 of April 2019 Scavenger Hunt
    Task #30. Go to the last SCAVENGER HUNT LIST registered before you and pick a movie from it!

    Even my emerging contrarian tendencies didn't hold up despite the circlejerking over this movie. Amazing stuff from everyone involved.

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  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2

    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2


    Film #2 of April 2019 Scavenger Hunt
    Task #9. Go to a COUNTRY listed for Movie #8 and find another movie from/in that country!

    Featuring the scariest screen version of the Joker and the best Batman and Superman fight. This movie has it all.


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