Elan Rubin

Pretty much everything I review will be reserved for first time watches or notable rewatches.

Favorite films

  • The Matrix
  • Ip Man
  • GoodFellas
  • Prisoners

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  • Perfect Blue

    ★★★★½

  • Belle

    ★★★★

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★★

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★½

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  • Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    ★★★★½

    A couple years I watched the original NGE series along with End of Evangelion, and when I finished all of the original source material I couldn’t help but feel a sense of incompleteness, like the ending was simply too abrupt and unfulfilling. Much more recently I read the manga that aimed to mirror Hideaki Anno’s vision but tweak some details and create a new conclusion which was definitely more fulfilling for me and provided some sense of closure to the…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★

    One of my favorite qualities in a Wes Anderson film is that you can always recognize that it’s one of his films, but each one has enough individual character to stand out on its own. The French Dispatch is no exception. 

    The dialogue is witty, as always, and Anderson gets the best out of his oft-familiar cast once again to produce a trilogy of great stories. My personal favorite was definitely the last of the three, where I thought the…

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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★★

    Truly a stunning film and another cinematic masterpiece from Damien Chazelle making him 3/3 to start off a brilliant directing career. 

    The hype is absolutely real for First Man, there are so many elements that come together to make the movie what it is: Shaky cams inside the spacecrafts kept me tense during each test run and mission, the cinematography and sound production were both mesmerizing, and the score continued to get stronger until the third act when it reached…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

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

    Jeremy Renner going “holy fuck” before the first interaction between humans and heptapods is me after watching Arrival for the first time. 
    The screenplay, with writing from Eric Heisserer based on the novella “Story of Your Life,” was incredibly well-done. 
    Denis Villeneuve continues to impress me with his ability to tell a story thru marvelous directing. While the movie starts off fairly slow, I was amazed at how immersed into the story I became as the movie progressed. Even with a…