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Spike Lee’s Newest Joint Da 5 Bloods Has Powerful Commentary But a Lightweight Plot

Spike Lee, creator of such joints as the down-to-the-bones biopic Malcolm X, the emotively poignant but endlessly crowd-pleasing BlacKkKlansman, and one of my personal all-time cinematic favorites, Do the Right Thing, has caught us off-guard with a somewhat surprise Netflix release of his newest feature-length Da 5 Bloods.  This Vietnam war drama and treasure-hunt adventure […]

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Shirley is Another Experimental Triumph For Director Josephine Decker

Acclaimed author, Shirley, and her skeptic of a husband, Stanley, are the type of pseudo-intellectuals that many artists nowadays seem to commonly undergo; Shirley being almost like the female version of an incel—minus the sexism—and her husband being the type of “chad” that would worship such masturbatory beliefs as “finding mediocrity to be the true […]

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Addressing the Controversy of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games (2008)

Warning: Spoiler Alert for Funny Games 1997 and 2008  Over the past year I’ve grown to genuinely treasure Michael Haneke’s 1997 feature-length Funny Games. What that movie has to say about our consumerist lust for violence is not only awakening as hell, but it also forces us to make constructive observations when it comes to […]

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Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (2012) – The Exceptional Return of the Western Genre

Tarantino Marathon Part VIII of IX, 4th Viewing  WARNING: Some Spoilers Ahead  I ❤️ ZOOMS! Django Unchained was indeed the first Quentin Tarantino movie I ever watched. I was a preteen/teen lad who was just at the inception of my exploration of R-rated cinema. Despite the special place that this film has inside of my […]

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My Polarizing Opinion of Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Edgar Wright Marathon Part III of V, 2nd Viewing  ADHD: The Movie.  Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a movie I genuinely wish I could fall head over heels with. For one: Edgar Wright is a G. For two: I am a fan of extroverted stylization. To me, the visual exclusivity of film is what […]

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Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (2009) – Bending History for the Sake of RIVETING Cinematic Amusement

Tarantino Marathon Part VII of IX, 4th Viewing  Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD! In 2009, while long-beloved yet undoubtedly controversial director Quentin Tarantino was primarily greeted with positive reviews for his new film Inglourious Basterds, many felt as if the ambitious filmmaker was violating and desensitizing World War II and the remembered victims that passed away because […]

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A Brief Explanation of Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket (1987)

2nd Viewing Warning: Thematic Spoilers Ahead Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket: the death of individuality and the birth of sheer masculinity. It’s certainly no coincidence that most of us fight with dualism in our personality, but that in some fashion is what has created an artificial disorder in ourselves. Fighting between society’s standards of who […]

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Phantom Thread (2017): Paul Thomas Anderson’s World of Colorful Fashion

PTA Marathon Part III of IV, 2nd Viewing  The main character, Mr. Woodcock is just me but when I talk about movies with others. Ha!  Elegant, ambitious, driving—literally, those car driving shots are f***ing exquisite—and a calming rendition of the “passion versus romance” catastrophe, Paul Thomas Anderson’s color-bleeding Phantom Thread is a design that was […]

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A Brief Look at the Greatest Film of the 2000s: Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2007)

PTA Marathon Part II of IV, 2nd Viewing  Let’s agree: The universe created filmmaking just so that Paul Thomas Anderson’s movies could exist. Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood: The greatest “who has the bigger dick?” competition in the history of fiction. Here marks two narcissistic men (one representing the corporate branch and the […]

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The Comic-Book Movie That’s Gotten Better With Age: Zack Snyder’s Watchmen (2009)

Review of The Director’s Cut of Watchmen, 2nd Viewing  I don’t read a lot of comic books. The majority of ones that I have read were never vastly interesting to me. I have, however, read Watchmen, because the idea of a more politically complicated atmosphere in the superhero genre has always caught my attention significantly […]