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  • Too Old to Die Young

    Too Old to Die Young

    ★★★★★

    Refn is unsurprisingly very deliberate here, with every aspect of this beast of a film retaining the thematic consistency he applies as both a touchstone and a fetish. takes virtually everything people both love and hate about his work—beautiful scenery, sadomasochistic imagery, glacial pacing—and tosses them in a blender, producing a bloody, neon-drenched smoothie that utilizes every single minute of its monstrous runtime to craft a gorgeous, provocative, and spiritual odyssey of souls trapped wandering the limbo between life and…

  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★★★★

    "feels as if the world is perfect. like it's never gonna end."

    Korine's masterpiece captures indulgence, disillusionment, and youth's quest for self-actualization like no other film in history, and possibly greater than any before it. takes the cultural fixation of spring break and spiritually recontextualizes it as a metaphysical gateway between heaven and hell, the devils flying down from above, bestowing deliverance from mundanity. lucky souls are provided a way out while others find sanctuary amongst the materialistic excess. what…

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  • Mission: Impossible II

    Mission: Impossible II

    ★★★½

    not a single thing in this film makes any damn sense, it's two hours of early 2000s vibes filled with sweaty horny people wearing masks of each others’ faces and jumping off of motorcycles, all backed by a god tier Zimmer score. amazing, all hail John Woo

  • Jerry Maguire

    Jerry Maguire

    ★★★★

    thankfully the sentimentalities of this never verge into histrionics—which is undeniably a delicate emotional tightrope to balance on. always saw this film on its surface as nothing more than the apotheosis of the ultra-quotable ‘90s dramedy but it really is so much more than that. earnest and intimate in a very special formality that’s often understated in its simplicity, highlighted by fantastic performances from its main cast. examines the beauty in opening ourselves up to people and the lives we intersect with and affect. just a pure emotional knockout that irrefutably earns the legacy it's cemented for itself. remarkable movie.

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  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★½

    The director of this (who is a white woman) said back in February in this interview that "Although it's a critically important Chinese story and it's set in Chinese culture and history, there is another culture at play here, which is the culture of Disney".

    that should tell you pretty much all you need to know. Disney, how fucking hard is it to just hire directors of color?

  • Spree

    Spree

    ★★★½

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

    Joe Keery murdering a guy by running him over with a car while the Gummy Bear song plays is POETIC CINEMA!