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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

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

    This is the most meaningful film about meaninglessness.

    Officer K's dream of being more than just a replicant is crushed. His hologram girlfriend (whose love for him is inherently a falsity) disappears before his eyes. There is no heroic revolution that overthrows the evil Wallace Corporation, nor is there any significant truce drawn between humans and replicants. The story of Blade Runner 2049 centers on a character who is of no consequence to the narrative.

    Cinema doesn't need to be…

  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    Chung Chung-hoon’s cinematography is sorely missed. The new guy’s not bad in any means, but Chung gave the first It a cinematic eloquence — as responsible for dragging the audience into horrifying situations without relying on jumpscares as the direction — that few horror films these days have. 

    The adult cast are spot-on, and the story makes a poignant, if not spotless, end to the story of the Losers Club and Pennywise. One thing I found exasperating was watching the…

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  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    Absolutely one of the finest films I’ve seen on screen. The film transfer is amazing, as are the dazzling colors caught on camera. This was my first Jacques Demy film, and I have to say that I’m more than impressed — I’m encapsulated

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of those films that show the natural cycle of love, and how no love can withstand every hardship — and yet, with performances that defy time and Demy’s lifelike direction, the…

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    Maybe Halley was the child all along. Maybe Halley, the impetuous, headstrong and impulsive single mother in the middle of this film is just as much a child as her daughter is, in need of a hug and the words 'it's going to be OK'. Maybe she needs a friend.

    Well, the rumors were true. The Florida Project is masterfully crafted. Possibly one of the hardest-hitting stories about poverty to be caught on film (Sean Baker's insistence on 35mm as…