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Quick-Thoughts: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

Screened at Cinépolis • ??? Viewing Yep, my favorite movie as a child until The Dark Knight rolled around, a motion picture that takes initiation to a franchise that I’d go as far as to say is at least the greatest “blockbuster” series ever crafted — and no, I will not count those deadbeat CGI […]

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Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock is Nothing Short of Endearment in a Bottle

Part two of five in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series sees the director discovering new ground, resourcing in exotic approaches, pacing, and visual communications when compared to his previous handiworks. Lovers Rock essentially boils down to a 68-minute party sequence, spanning itself a tad more than a day. There isn’t anything too remarkably extroverted about […]

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The Devil All the Time Relies Desperately on its Influences and Marvelous Performers — Maybe, Too Much?

Somebody initiate a “Robert Pattinson’s Seamless Accents Club” already! Netflix’s latest drop The Devil All the Time is a “karma bites!” type of tale, one that takes us on a journey into the questionable aftermaths of our actions that seem all too righteously intentional to be coincidences. Over and above that though, Antonio Campos’ film […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Steve McQueen’s Shame (2011)

Thank you, Steve McQueen for your Criterion edition of Don Jon.  Aside from falling into convention occasionally and hokily promoting its frequently honeyed-down score, Shame freaked the jeepers out of me in the most elegant possible way! Somebody, for the millionth time, give McQueen the award for BEST horror director of the 21st Century! McQueen […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Takashi Miike’s The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)

God bless whatever drugs Takashi Miike is on.  After a deranged stop-motion opening that’ll likely define the cinematic highlight of 2020 at a whisk for me, The Happiness of the Katakuris’ principal narrative commences, and from there on out, becomes even stranger and stranger as the piece unravels. A remote family has initiated a vacational […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast (2000)

Wait? You mean to tell me Frank the Bunny starred in this before he did in Donnie Darko? My life is a lie! Jonathan Glazer delivers such a perverted grace in executing sequences whether it be from the heart-attack editing procedures, shot miscellany, or musical choices, even despite it all being incorporated into a movie […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Jonathan Glazer’s Strasbourg 1518

Jonathan Glazer’s newest short film Strasbourg 1518 is an anxiety protruding ten minutes, I must say. The actual event itself, though, now that… that was exceedingly interesting to research. Cannot stress how much I adore candid yet schizophrenic dancing choreography, so I may lean with a soft spot for this short film despite it being […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Orson Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

The Magnificent Ambersons opens up with 10 minutes of Orson Welles’ trademark “random normie characters spout out blatant exposition” and from there on out, sets up the tale of the biggest drama king at the ball, George Minafer, a wealthy young man who has karma bite his ass harder than studios ever bit Welles. Gosh, […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Ken Burns’ Empire of the Air (1992)

“Sound is the first stirring of the infant.” Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio is a pretty standardly crafted historical account. This is my introduction to acclaimed documentary director Ken Burns. I do approve of the film’s infectious sound effects, tasteful audio/news excerpts, competent editing, etc. It is, nevertheless, maybe a little […]

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The Live-Action Mulan Remake is a Disgrace (Not to Our Surprise)

Eh. This remake is like if Zack Snyder directed a Mulan remake but actually liked color. I must’ve watched the 1998 Mulan at least a hundred times as a kid. If you don’t know, I’m half Chinese, half Caucasian. In spite of my ethnic background, this is just coming from my experience personally, I don’t […]