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  • God's Country

    ★★★

  • After Yang

    ★★★★

  • 892

    ★★★½

  • Dual

    ★★★½

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★½

    -> Medium link <- in case you prefer reading a slightly long form review elsewhere.


    Christopher Nolan’s next event is finally here amidst a time where time itself has become a mirage. In other words, what better way is there to question the existential nature of reality, time, and purpose then through the guise of Nolan’s signature element? There may be no other way or perhaps what’s happened, has happened.


    *Minor plot details mentioned ahead or… behind*


    Interstellar, in my opinion, is…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★★

    James Gray returns following the sprawling epic of The Lost City of Z. Perhaps equally as ambitious in scope, Ad Astra traverses a far more intrinsic and self-loathing journey, becoming a vessel of generational and present demons. 

    Although far different films, I think the First Reformed in space comparison fits the framing of Roy McBride’s character arc, as it follows a similar torturous and detached pattern. 

    Thematically, there’s so much to unpack here. This film isn’t concerned with how space…

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  • Dual

    Dual

    ★★★½

    I’ve been a huge fan of Riley Stearns since discovering The Art of Self Defense a few years back. Dual is another embrace of his dark humor and askew premise sensibility that contains the same kind of silent suffering and interesting character work to match.

    Although not as fleshed out as Stearns’ previous efforts, Dual’s script commits to itself and asks us to quickly get onboard with the wild implications of not only legal cloning but this insane kind of…

  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★½

    I haven't been this intoxicated by a film's romantic relationship/emotional core since last year's Little Fish. On another level, this film and its 12 chapters do a remarkable job of engaging with passivity as an emotional fear (sometimes one that can hardly be expressed in words). It's one of those films that'll probably be classified as 'interrogating the mundane', but the liveliness and vulnerability bubbling out of each interaction achieve a surreal realism that's both gripping and beautiful.

    Julie's crisis…

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★½

    A beautiful exploration of the trilogy’s themes, legacy, and what characters mean to their creators as the power of story transcends, mutates, and sometimes suffocates our emotions. Loved it.

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    I’m quite angry at myself for not watching this in theaters. Beyond the film’s masterful direction, eloquent set/costume design, and a surprisingly brilliant score, the character work and subsequent performances are what standout here. PTA juggles the complex dynamic between Reynolds and Alma at the perfect pace as the audience contemplates Alma being submerged into Reynolds meticulous and dedicated craft.

    “There is an air of quiet death in this house and I do not like the way it smells.”