Review of “Zola”

This is a film that’s been on my radar since last year- based on a story told in a series of tweets that I (along with many others) followed back in 2015. Would a long string of tweets be able to hold up in the form of a full length feature film? Director Janicza Bravo set out to say definitively that she- along with her crew- is more than capable of delivering a quality performance.

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Review of “Like Someone in Love (2012)”

Recently, I was involved in a discussion with a good friend about the films of Abbas Kiarostami, and I mentioned that this film was one of my particular favorites of his repertoire. Unlike myself, I looked at reviews of this film and found that they seemed almost disturbingly skewed towards the negative in comparison to Kiarostami’s earlier works. (Author’s note: this does not mean this film was received poorly, but its overall rating is significantly lower than both Certified Copy and Taste of Cherry.) I want to examine what makes this film one of my favorites of his library.

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Review of “Test Pattern (2019)”

When looking for a new film to watch this week, I saw this listed in the SNF Parkway’s virtual theater and its synopsis sounded as though it would be pertinent to 2021. Having never heard of this film or its director beforehand, I wondered what kind of experience I would be in for, and I was not let down in the slightest. What follows is a deeply personal story of sexual assault and the nature of fractures that occur in life after- not any form of easy viewing.

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Review of “Nomadland”

Nomadland has seen a lot of traction online, perhaps a result of the impact of the pandemic and its effect on the modern theater. With its release on Hulu, I decided to try out the third feature from Chloé Zhao, to see just what the fuss surrounding this film was about. It turns out that it’s not about anything I agree with.

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Review of “Pieces of a Woman” (2020)

So, I meant to watch this earlier this month when it finally arrived to Netflix, but I was on an extended break from reviewing films after my latest marathon. And then, for a week, buzzers in my building kept me from wanting to watch anything because I could hear them in my apartment. With those issues fixed, I sat down to watch a film I’ve seen receive high praise all over my timeline- and while it certainly deserves some accolades, I’m not convinced it lives up to the numerous 10 out of 10 scores some have given it.

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Halloween in December: “The House That Jack Built”

It’s the final day of my Halloween in December movie marathon and, in the theme of self-indulgence I decided to watch The House That Jack Built. From the controversial director Lars von Trier, this film follows the perspective of the serial killer Jack (played by Matt Dillon) as he explores the reasons behind his own cravings to kill. What the audience gets is a two and a half hour long journey into the ego of Lars von Trier- for better and for worse.

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Halloween in December: “Funny Games U.S.”

This movie marathon is sadly almost over, so to close out the month, I’m going with less risky ventures and staying with what is more in my wheelhouse. Funny Games U.S. certainly fits into that category, coming from one of my more favorite directors in Michael Haneke and being a shot-for-shot American remake of the original Austrian production. Despite sharing the same rating from me, its advancements keep up with its new flaws, in ways that make me rethink the understanding of the original.

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Halloween in December: “The Lure (2015)”

It is officially day 23 of the Halloween in December movie marathon and I swear I did not intentionally do this, as I already reviewed Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, but I had ordered this film from the Criterion Collection completely not knowing that it was a horror musical. In fact, all I had known was that it was a Polish drama/horror about a pair of mermaids. I was genuinely not prepared for what this is, and what it turns into over the course of 92 minutes.

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