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My thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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“Bold”


The Last Jedi has many great moments and some of the best moments in Star Wars history. With that being said, it has many flaws and it suffers from them. The story is uneven. Story lines needed more time to breathe while others cut down. The humor, while at times worked some of it was just too out of place and it took away from the tension/immersion of the scene. There are also a few pacing/tone issues throughout.ep8-ff-000005It might seem that I’m bashing/hating The Last Jedi, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and had a wonderful time. We again get wonderful performances from the cast, old and new. The film is visually stunning and the action scenes are very well choreographed and felt compelling. Rey, Poe, Luke and Kylo had tremendous  growth and had the best performances in the movie. In terms of the story, I’m conflicted as I feel some stories were fleshed out more so than others. The more and more I think about The Last Jedi, the more I feel like it’s not even a Star Wars movie, but a Rian Johnson Star Wars movie. All in all, despite the flaws, it’s a great ride and one I’ll watch again and again.

Rating – ★★★½

 

My thoughts on The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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“Uncomfortable”


Without going too much into the details of the plot, basically Colin Farrell, a surgeon becomes friends with a teenage boy played by Barry Keoghan. Colin introduces him to his family and they all become ill. Anyways, I really enjoyed Sacred Deer. The acting performances from the entire cast were phenomenal. Lanthimos balances out the sheer terror and dark humor perfectly. I’ve seen the film at TIFF and after watching it I wanted to see it again. I got the same feeling after  watching Sacred Deer as I did when I watched The Lobster which is also another great film from Yorgos Lanthimos which pales some comparisons to Sacred Deer in terms of the dark humor and visual style. I was left going “what the hell did I just watch.” Two words that I think describes the film perfectly are intense & uncomfortable.
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The cinematography is wonderful, lots of wide shots and closeups that really capture the creepy atmosphere. The soundtrack is great too and it propelled the tension even more. Its haunting and combined with the beautiful cinematography, captivating story and great performances, Sacred Deer is one of Lanthimos best films in his career and one of the years best films too. Brilliant horror and it’s unsettling as fuck.

Rating – ★★★★½

My thoughts on The Florida Project

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“Powerful”


The film follows a young girl living in the outskirts of Orlando, Florida living in a motel called “The Magic Castle.” The film is directed by Sean Baker who gained lots of attention with his film Tangerine in 2015. The film is lovely as it expresses the wonders of childhood through the eyes of Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her antics with her friends. Halley (Bria Vinaite) is the mother of Moonee who desperately tries to match each week’s rent and taking care of her daughter by doing numerous things, but the lengths she travels to do so become more and more troubling. Bobby (Willem Dafoe) is the owner of the motel and he tries his best to make sure the motel is the best despite being a crappy motel in the shadow of Disney World. The performances from everyone is solid with the standouts being Moonee, and Halley.
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With rich vibrate colours, the setting and atmosphere make you feel warm. The beauty of the film’s cinematography along with the captivating performances are just the tip of the iceberg of what makes the film great. The main captivating factor that makes The Florida Project great is the way Baker engrosses you into these character’s lives. It’s a film that thoroughly shows us the beauty of humanity, love, and friendship through the eyes of a community that rarely get shown on the big screen. It’s funny, genuine, and wonderful.

Rating – ★★★★½

My thoughts on mother!

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“What the fu—”


Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence are a married couple living in a house together and uninvited guests arrive at their home and shit happens. I know this is vague, but I don’t want to go too much into detail about the film. It can be interpreted in many ways. What I can say thoroughly is that the performances are incredible all around from the entire cast, especially Jennifer Lawrence. The cinematography is fantastic, the nature of it made me feel uneasy and claustrophobic throughout. Along with how beautifully shot the film was, the sound design/mixing was crisp. You hear every creak, every footstep, it was done to perfection and the house felt “real.”  The film was beautifully done with great detail all across the board. It was painted to perfection.

To conclude my thoughts, I loved the film. There are several allegories in the film that will definitely impact how you view the film throughout and how you react/feel to it after. 

Rating – ★★★★

 

My thoughts on Moonlight

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“Truly Phenomenal”


Moonlight is filled with breathtaking performances, a beautiful score, an engrossing powerful story, stellar visuals, and its directed to perfection.  I was just blown away while watching the film and I was in awe afterwards. I highly recommend you watch the film and just sit back and relax and enjoy the story of Chiron. I have seen the film twice now and it gets even better on a second viewing. Each shot conveyed so much emotion. It’s just so brilliant in every way. The performances really blew me away too.
20151024_Moonlight_D09_C1_K1_0303.jpgAll the three actors who played Chiron, Naomie Harris as Chiron’s mom, and Mahershala Ali deserve a ton of awards and the film itself deserves all the praise its been getting. In conclusion, its one of the best films of the year and I highly recommend you to check it out. Once you watch the film, you’ll realize why everyone’s been raving about it. It’s directed to the crisp by Barry Jenkins, gorgeously shot, very well written, and filled with incredible performances. The film will 100% be a contender for this years Academy Awards and it should get nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, and Best Supporting Actress for Naomie Harris and win a few.

Rating – ★★★★★

My thoughts on Nocturnal Animals

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“Beautiful”


From the very first minute and throughout the whole film, I was thoroughly enthralled. Nocturnal Animals is superbly filmed and along with the performances from the entire cast, riveting plot, and interesting characters, it’s one hell of a thrill ride. Another thing that I adored about this film other than the impeccable cinematography, phenomenal performances, and engrossing story was the soundtrack. In terms of what the story is about, all you’ll need to know is that it’s about an art gallery owner, played by the wonderful Amy Adams, who receives a book written by her ex-husband Jake Gyllenhaal.
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In conclusion, Nocturnal Animals is a phenomenal film and one of the best films of the year! It has a very intriguing story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, incredible performances, exquisite cinematography, a fantastic score, and is masterly directed and written by Tom Ford. I highly recommend you to check this film out as it will definitely be spoken about when the Academy Awards near. Absolutely beautiful and entertaining.

Rating – ★★★★★

My thoughts on The Birth of a Nation

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“Fantastic”


I really enjoyed this film! I thought that Nate Parker did a terrific job with his directorial debut as well as showing his acting and writing chops. The story is very engaging and compelling, it tells the story of a slave, Nat Turner, played by Nate Parker who leads a slave rebellion. As the film progresses, I never got bored at any point. I was completely engaged and I thought the film was really well paced. In terms of the supporting cast, they were all solid and mostly full of unknowns except for the guy from Preacher and Armie Hammer. In terms of the cinematography, I thought the film was very well shot. The soundtrack was also fantastic.
163101_szene_1.jpgIn conclusion, I thoroughly think that this was a very well crafted film, especially from a first time director. It’s a very thought provoking/riveting film that gives you insight into how slavery was during the 1800s, the story about Nat Turner and his rebellion and about the inhumane act of slavery/racism in general.

Rating – ★★★★

My thoughts on Don`t Breathe

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“Fantastic”


I really enjoyed this film! It had everything you would want in a horror film! Great performances especially from Stephen Lang and Jane Levy, great cinematography, wonderful sound design and a very eerie score! All this combined together created such a tense and creepy filled atmosphere and one of the best films of the year!dbbAfter such a disappointing summer season, it was very refeshing to watch a great film. One of my favourite parts of the film happens when all the lights are out. The way that whole sequence of events was shot along with the sound design and the performances from the characters really raised the tension levels from 100% to 1000%. During this time as well as other times throughout watching the film, I was holding my breath just like the characters.db5 In conclusion, DONT BREATHE is a fantastic horror film that will keep you on the edge of your seat! It’s super fun/scary and if you love thrillers, this is really one to watch!

Rating – ★★★★

My thoughts on Star Trek Beyond

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“Awesome”


I thoroughly enjoyed this film! It has great humor, action, visuals, and also a great score! I wasn’t bored at all and I was invested from start to finish. I liked this movie more than Star Trek Into Darkness but I still think Star Trek (2009) is still the best out of the three in the new franchise. Simon Pegg (Writer) and Justin Lin (Director) did a phenomenal job with Beyond and I hope Pegg comes back to write the next S.T. film. I also wouldn’t mind Justin Lin coming back to direct another.stb4It was so much fun watching the crew interact with each other and also seeing the Enterprise in action. The performances from the whole cast was fantastic, especially new-comer Sofia Boutella, as Jaylah. The performance by Idris Elba, who plays the villain Krall, I thought was also quite good. Another thing I really enjoyed was the visuals, specifically of Yorktown. In terms of the negatives, I thought that some of the action  scenes were too clunky (shaky cam) but I enjoyed most of it.STAR TREK BEYONDIn conclusion, Star Trek Beyond was fantastic! It will make you laugh, and at times make you go on the edge of your seat! If you haven’t seen the previous films of the new Star Trek franchise (Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness) you’ll still have a great time with Beyond but I highly recommend you watch them to further understand the characters relationships with one another and also understand a few more jokes more clearly.

I highly recommend you check this out.

Rating – ★★★★

For Anton ❤️

 

 

My thoughts on Green Room

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“Brutal, Riveting & Tense”


The story –   “A punk band plays a gig at a club. While the punk band is at the club, they stumble upon something that they shouldn’t have seen.”   This is all you need to know, although it may be vague. Trust me, the less you know the better, especially for this film. Just go in, sit, and enjoy the thrilling ride.

WOW! This was fucking amazing! This film deserves all the praise it’s getting because Jeremy Saulnier did it once again and directs another phenomenal film! Fantastic cinematography, directing and writing! Phenomenal performances from the whole cast, and a killer soundtrack! It’s very entertaining and I was invested from start to finish. I was on the edge of my seat and my heart was racing several times. It’s one of the best thrillers ever and definitely worth your price of admission.

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The violence in this film doesn’t hold back and is brutal as it can get. Thus, this is the only thing that may scratch your interest into watching this film. It’s gruesome and gory, so if you feel sick easily by the sight of blood and disturbing images, you may want to skip this one out. I encourage you regardless if you are a bit sensitive to gore/disturbing images to take a chance and watch this. It’s truly a phenomenal film!

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In conclusion, “Green Room” is fucking awesome! I highly recommend you check this out! If you enjoy thrillers, this is the one to watch ASAP. The director of Green Room also directed another film called Blue Ruin which is also great and you should also check out when you can. I can’t wait to watch this over and over again! I love it! It’s a pure thrill ride.

Rating –  ★★★★★

Thank You Jeremy Saulnier!