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It seems this awards season marks the one where cinephiles on the internet have finally started to collectively roll their eyes at war movies — and up until recently, I counted myself among them. For every Saving Private Ryan in a nomination category, there’s yet another Hacksaw Ridge or Unbroken or War Horse — those by-the-numbers, vaguely conservative films made to appeal to old white voters and showcase their technical craft. ‘Look, it’s a war,’ these films say, ‘be moved, be harrowed, be affected!’ Last year, Fox Searchlight finally released a movie about the life of JRR Tolkien, but instead…


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Little Women is set in a time period when women were the only ones who had the time or sensitivity to notice beautiful things, but men were the only ones who had the power or money to own them.

Each of the March sisters has a desire to paint beautiful things, write beautiful things, play beautiful things, or buy beautiful things; they’re all lovers of the world at heart, and in a way, it feels like Greta Gerwig sees herself as all four of them. She’s the kind of person who is always paddling her own canoe in pursuit of…


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I saw Rise of Skywalker last week and wrote down several thoughts about it without really completing a “review.” Many of these thoughts might be redundant or muddled now, but I figured I’d post to get them off my chest and move on.

The (mostly) refreshing thing about these Disney Star Wars movies is that the technical craftsmanship of the filmmaking in them is almost always pretty stellar, and so for better or worse, most of the critiques and shortcomings ultimately come down to problems with the writing above all else. …


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SPOILERS AHEAD.

“This is so metaphorical!”

This. This right here. Wow. I don’t wanna speak too soon, but Parasite might be among the best films of the decade. It’s the rare mix of accessible mainstream storytelling that anyone can enjoy, accompanied by plenty of subtle and layered filmmaking for fans to dissect in years to come. It might be The Movie We Need Right Now™, but it’s also the movie we’ve always needed and the movie we can all engage with.

Parasite exemplifies how sometimes the best way to get Westerners to wake up to the problems in their…

Houston Coley

Internet explorer. Student of creativity. Writer of pretentious bios. I really like movies and theme parks.

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