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  • The Iron Giant
  • Honey Boy
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
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  • A Fistful of Dollars

    ★★★½

  • Raising Cain

    ★★★½

  • 99 Homes

    ★★★★½

  • Annie

    ★★★★

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  • Honey Boy

    Honey Boy

    ★★★★★

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

    "You know a seed has to totally destroy itself to become a flower. That's a violent act, Honey Boy."

    My 1,000th review on Letterboxd.

    It had to be a film that I cared deeply about. A movie that was amazing, from top to bottom. Where every single thing pays off, where every element was composed with such tender care, and such respect to the material. It had to be something that felt as uplifting as it was devastating. Something cathartic.…

  • Wendy

    Wendy

    ★★★★½

    "I can't stay young without my mother."

    A refreshing, bold, and unique take on the classic story of "Peter Pan," which successfully does something new in an effective way. Very good cinematography, and a wholly engaging and striking score amplify the same themes you know and love from the original work, while this telling excels in purging almost all of the "otherworldly" magic of the Never-Ever Land. Leaving behind an other place that could possibly have once existed. Interesting, compelling,…

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  • A Fistful of Dollars

    A Fistful of Dollars

    ★★★½

    "Get three coffins ready."

    An unlicensed remake of Kurosawa's "Yojimbo," this film was not only the beginning of the "Spaghetti Western" genre in America, but it launched Eastwood's career into stardom and began his run as the Man With No Name. And, for his part, Eastwood performs very well, especially considering all the barriers he had to contend with on set.

    Leone's direction is very present here, and it's clear he had a lot of ideas and visuals he wanted…

  • Raising Cain

    Raising Cain

    ★★★½

    "Daddy's not here, sweetie. He's gone away."

    In all, a good psychological thriller that's built on shaky science, but that's par for the course in the 90's. The whole thing weirdly feels like a dream, and not just because of all the times characters wake up in the film. But with De Palma's use of slow-motion, of hazy visuals, and picturesque locations, it all comes off as very dream-like.

    The music does help in this regard, as well, as Donaggio…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    "I'll cue you."

    Nothing short of a cinematic triumph. The cost of greatness is explored in excruciating and gruesome detail as Teller and Simmons do battle on and off the stage. Their once-in-a-lifetime performances, each, allow the phenomenal script to explode off the page. The editing, the music, the cinematography, and Chazelle's direction are all the glorious mountain upon which they stand victorious. The putrid abuse the audience witnesses is not only shocking but woefully necessary to make that final sequence shine like it does, and create such a memorable catharsis.

  • Back to the Future Part II

    Back to the Future Part II

    ★★★★½

    While at times it feels like it's a bit overblown, "Back to the Future Part 2" is a fantastic sequel. It starts out telling its own story, which is fun, and stands out on its own well enough; but when you suddenly realize where the rest of the movie is going, it becomes a lot of fun to watch. True, though, that it doesn't stand on its own as well as a stand-alone movie, it's extremely reliant on the first…