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  • Skyfall
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1
  • Arrival
  • Molly's Game

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  • The Devil Wears Prada

    ★★★★

  • The 400 Blows

    ★★★★

  • Les Misérables

    ★★★★

  • Cinderella

    ★½

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  • 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave

    ★★★★½

    “I apologize for my appearance. But I have had a difficult time these past several years.”
    - Solomon Northup

    Potently directed and unwaveringly painful, 12 Years a Slave is a steadfast and forceful achievement in filmmaking.

    Carefully and successively following Solomon’s journey firsthand actualizes this truly inconceivable experience. The physical and psychological endurance of those before us and and those currently being forced into slavery is immeasurable, and their stories innumerable. McQueen presents us the story of Solomon to serve as…

  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★★★

    “Everything is a mythical, cosmic battle between faith and chance.”
    - Jasper

    Alfonso Cuarón, you’re a damn genius. I’m astounded right now. The scale of this film’s story is enormous and Cuarón lets Chivo navigate through its world with camerawork for the ages. Clive Owen does a tremendous job of letting us into its reality, through all the humanity and inhumanity.

    There are so many individually, insanely phenomenal facets of this film. As much as I love Roma Gravity, Children of Men…

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  • The Devil Wears Prada

    The Devil Wears Prada

    ★★★★

    “Oh, don’t be ridiculous Andrea. Everybody wants this. Everybody wants to be us.”
    - Miranda Priestly

    Every time I watch this film I think the same thing; why is this so damn good? It’s hard to believe it didn’t get swept up into the monotonous reused style of early 2000s rom coms, but it truly does not. Streep, Blunt, and Tucci bring such a powerful presence to their characters, it’s difficult to not enjoy every line of dialogue. A second…

  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows

    ★★★★

    “Your parents say you’re always lying.”
    “Oh, I lie now and then, I suppose. Sometimes I’d tell them the truth and they still wouldn’t believe me, so I prefer to lie.”
    - Antoine Doiniel

    My first assigned watch for film class!

    I am particularly fond of the way The 400 Blows concludes. The scene where Antoine is detained and sent away from Paris to the very end of the film is jam packed with inspired stylistic choices, character motivations and decisions,…

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  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★★

    “I’ve lived a lot of lives. But I’m done running from my past.”
    - Natasha Romanoff

    Still can’t believe it took this long to make a standalone film for Black Widow. It is a lot of fun and Pugh really steals every scene she’s in. I wish the action sequences weren’t edited so quickly though! A lot of the film’s style can obviously be stemmed from the Mission Impossible and James Bond franchises, but the action shots in those films just…

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★½

    “See you in the beginning.”
    - Neil

    Christopher Nolan’s reputation for tackling hugely original sci-fi projects precedes itself, but with Tenet he raises the bar even higher. I personally believe this is easily his most ambitious project yet, rounding up a new technical team to make everything look and sound like a Nolan film should. Differently from his other films, a lot of character background and concept exposition isn’t just spoon-fed to the viewer; information is relayed between the characters in a…