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Alan S. Kim in Minari (2020)

Lee Isaac Chung’s American Dream — ★★★★1/2

For anyone who has been keeping tabs on “buzz films”, Minari has been at the top of most lists since Sundance earlier this year. Being released by A24, starring Steven Yeun, who is coming off a string of high profile roles (Sorry to Bother You, Burning, Mayhem, and Okja), and being directed by Lee Isaac Chung (Munyurangabo) with the film being based off of his childhood experiences, this film as a whole has had a lot going for it since it debuted. Having now seen it as part of the Philadelphia Film Festival, I understand why.


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Noémie Merlant in Jumbo (2020)

Beauty and the Carnival Ride — ★★★★

This time last year, I was enjoying the 28th annual Philadelphia Film Festival, taking in screenings for Rian Johnson’s Knives out and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Taika Waititi’s wholesome comedy Jojo Rabbit, and award-season darling, Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite. The final film I saw at PFF28 however, was Céline Sciamma’s beautiful love story that was Portrait of a Lady on Fire, starring Adèle Haenel and the star of my first film for this virtual version of the Philly Film Fest, Noémie Merlant. I’d be lying if I said Portrait of a Lady on Fire did not influence my decision to see…


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Posters for Bill and Ted Face the Music, Emma, and Hamilton (2020)

Reviews for Hamilton, The Kissing Booth 2, Class Action Park, An American Pickle, Bill and Ted Face the Music, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, and Unpregnant

COVID-19 can really just go ahead and fuck off, as can Trump’s government and any anti-maskers or anti-vaxxers out there. We are still quite literally living through a global pandemic, something that nobody really expected, and yet many people are just content with going back to living life. Whether it is because they are bored, believe that it will not kill them, have become numb to the always-increasing death toll, or just choose not to believe in the virus, all of these are awful reasons and if you are someone who has gone back to living life as if it…


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Andy Samberg Strikes Again, Now Go Watch Popstar! — ★★★★1/2

Truthfully, I have been meaning to get reviews done for a number of reviews since my last one, which was for Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, and still plan on eventually writing something for both The King of Staten Island and Shirley whenever I get around to them. For now though, I am skipping my to-do-list by shooting Palm Springs to the top! Ever since news broke of it selling for $17,500,000.69 at Sundance, with an incredible amount of positive buzz coming out of that same festival, this has been all over my 2020 watchlist. Earlier in quarantine, I finally…


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Promotional Artwork for Da 5 Bloods (2020)

Spike Lee Brings the Heat in an poignant, unsurprisingly timely Epic, dealing with racism, war, and Trump’s America — ★★★★★

Having recently watched Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing for the first time (Fantastic by the way, though most of you reading this probably know that already), and then moving onto the episode of the Unspooled podcast covering the film, as well as featuring some insight from the acclaimed director himself, the build-up to the release of Da 5 Bloods has been one of the highlights for my life lately. The world is currently going to shit, with a pandemic still quite a threat here in the United States, racial and political tensions being at a boiling point after another…


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Still from Perfect Blue (1997)

A Viewing of Satoshi Kon’s Animated Psycho-Thriller Masterpiece in 2020

It has been quite a while since I’ve written one of these A Look Back pieces, and to be quite honest, it’s been a little while since I’ve written anything non-education related. Personally, this time off from writing has me feeling a bit refreshed and with a bit of new life for this all. Just some background information on where I’m at currently; the last film I wrote a review for was Sonic the Hedgehog in February (also my last time at a movie theater), was preparing for Spring Break in the beginning of March, was sent home early from…


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Promotional Banner for Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

It Didn’t Go Fast — ★★1/2

This review is going to be on the shorter end of the spectrum as I really don’t have a whole lot to say about this movie. I grew up playing Sonic games on Gameboy, and a few on the Xbox 360, as well as a few of the cartoons, but aside from that, I do not have this overly important connection to the character that some people have. Would I have liked for this movie to be great? Absolutely! I don’t go into new releases hoping for them to be bad (with a recent exception being Cats), and this could…


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Promotional Poster for Birds of Prey (2020)

The Fantabulous Return of Harley Quinn — ★★★★1/2

This time last year it was Alita: Battle Angel, and now, it is Birds of Prey. Both being female-led comic book (or manga in the former’s case) adaptations, dropped in the very beginning of the new year, seemingly to little fanfare in terms of the box office. The difference here is that Birds of Prey has immense critical backing in terms of its receptions, as well as from the audience, while also being a DC Comics movie, lead by Margot Robbie. Following 2016’s Suicide Squad, the seeming lack of interest from the general public isn’t that shocking, though at the…


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Taylor Swift in Miss Americana (2020)

A Deeply Personal Look Into the Life of America’s Biggest Popstar — ★★★★☆

One goal I’ve set for myself in 2020 is to watch more documentaries, meaning I’ll have to actually watch some, as I believe I only watched ONE in 2019 (I know, bad). Doing some research before I came back to writing this past week, I now have a pretty varied menagerie of documentaries for the coming year, including (note: click the name of the movie to be linked to their respective IMDb pages for more info):


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Promotional Poster for The Gentlemen (2020)

Guy Ritchie’s Glorious Return to Gangster’s Paradise — ★★★★☆

Right so, it’s been a bit since my last review after taking the winter off from writing, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t see any movies since then! The two most notable being the back-2-back combo of 1917 and Cats. If I didn’t appreciate Sam Mendes’ film and directing after first viewing (I did, but still), I certainly did after engrossing myself in Tom Hooper’s Broadway fever dream that is still stuck in my head. Genuinely, that was the most terrifying non-horror film I have ever seen, and all I got from it was a few things:

  1. Never let Tom…

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