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  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★½

    Mank is a very ambitious and audacious film. You can tell right from the opening credits that it's unlike anything David Fincher has done before, and as the film's narrative unravels, its stylistic and structural singularity becomes more and more apparent. The gorgeous black-and-white cinematography enhances the feel of the story and deeply grounds you in 1930s Hollywood, pushing you even further into the lives of these people and their internal struggles. It's a movie anchored by emotion; plenty comedic…

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★½

    It's an absolute miracle when films like Promising Young Woman come along. Films that are this confident, this focused, this capable of balancing narrative and stylistic originality are such rarities, but Emerald Fennell knows exactly what she's doing. Manages to be both incredibly funny and emotionally eviscerating without suffering from tonal whiplash, and Carey Mulligan deserves an Academy Award more than any other performance to come out of 2020. The ending left me just as awe-struck as last time; easily one of the best finales of the year. Phenomenal.

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  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★½

    the virgin logan roy vs. the chad charles foster kane

  • Days

    Days

    ★★★½

    Beautifully made, but unlike the other Tsai films I've seen, the mundanity it captures feels very artificial and manufactured instead of naturalistic. This is a film that seems to intentionally test your patience with its slowly sweeping and intimate style but came off as soulless because of its inability to gauge any emotion out of me. It's a gorgeous movie and I can see what Tsai was going for, but it left me very cold. Pretty mixed on this one because there are aspects that I do appreciate about it but they're ultimately kind of buried under the rest.

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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?

  • Hillbilly Elegy

    Hillbilly Elegy

    ★½

    this was so awful that i physically died during it. call that a Hillbilly Eulogy