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  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★½

    This is one of those movies that shines in its simplicity. I like to watch movies less as escapism and more to feel like I am connecting with other. The feeling that others have the same feelings I do is very comforting. The quietness of this movie is deafening and I love it. I may no have much in common with M, but I do feel overwhelmed a lot, and going through that with her is something I think I will come back to for the rest of my life.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    I think as time passes this movie will start to stand away from a lot of Tarantino's catalog. Not in a way that makes it better or worse, but in a way that makes it something different than what preceded it. My favorite QT film has been and will always be Django because of how it got me into film. This movie however is just a master class in cinema. It is taking the year 1969 and diving in head…

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  • Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki

    Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki

    ★★★½

    I expected this to be a documentary about the man himself and his history, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that is more about how he choses to live and how that gives us the movies we have. I cannot believe one human can be so detail oriented and on top of that it is such a powerful message that those who strive for perfection will never find it and thus must keep going on forever.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

    My goodness. Who gave this movie any right to be so good. It is some of the best American animation, possibly ever. And this incredibly heartfelt story that no other spider-man movie has been able to give. The magic in spider-man has always been the actions he takes and not who is under the mask and the way this movie tells that story, even though we all know it is perfection. I am not sure any movie moment will ever capture both beauty and narrative relevance as well as the jump off the glass tower in this movie.

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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★

    taika waititi’s ability to blend the depressing with comedy is something he does better than maybe any other writer/director. He took something that should be just painfully upsetting (I just watched the pianist I know) and made it something sweet. And I guess that’s kind of his philosophy on humanity. We are capable of both great evil and great love. 

    This also happens to be my favorite genre of children growing up too fast, but in a cute and endearing way. So I was pretty sold on this, even with its slow opening.

  • Waves

    Waves

    ★★★★½

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

    I debated for a long time about just writing “devastating” as a review but I don’t think that would really capture what this movie is or how I feel about it. 

    I was told by someone later they didn’t enjoy it because it was too stylized. Which is not only wrong it too misses the point. The story is told in a some what unconventional manner (similar to place beyond the pines), but it serves purpose. Shults uses his fare…