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I Finally Watched ‘Rashomon’

Akira Kurosawa is one of the most acclaimed directors of all time, maybe the greatest, for his outstanding contribution to cinema history. The only movie I’ve seen of his has been Seven Samurai, a film that I personally felt was a bit overrated. I found the movie to be long, tedious, and not as profoundly brilliant as I had heard so many times before. (Here’s my review of the movie: Seven Samurai.) On the other hand, Rashomon is truly remarkable.

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‘The Menu’ Is a Must-Watch

There are a lot of movies that often seem similar or predictable. The Menu, from its first scene, catches you off guard with its abruptness, settling you into a story that promises to be an interesting ride.

Its cast is perfectly assembled, Ralph Fiennes is unforgettable in this role as renowned Chef Slowik, and Anya-Taylor Joy once again proves that if she’s starring in a project, it has a chance of being really good.

I won’t go into too much detail about this film because it’s best if you don’t know the plot but I will say this; it’s brilliant, so pleasing to watch, and it made me want a cheeseburger.

I’m giving The Menu 4.5 out of 5 stars and a solid 95 out of 100. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.

‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ Is Undoubtedly One of the Best Movies of the Year

I love a good movie with a storyline I’ve never managed to see before and The Banshees of Inisherin is precisely that type of film. I won’t go into detail about what the movie is about because there’s something so delightful about not knowing the movie’s plot and watching it unfold.

Beginning as a comedy that grasps you within the first ten minutes, the story gradually builds to a fascinating crescendo that concludes in a delightfully ambiguous fashion. Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan, and the rest of the cast managed to completely enthrall me for a little less than two hours.

The film is being lauded by critics and has been nominated for all of the major awards so far and for a good reason. Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) understands how to direct a riveting story and he does so again with this brilliant movie.

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‘Amsterdam’: A Surprisingly Fantastic Ride

I’ve seen a lot of Christian Bale movies and all of them have been either decent to downright incredible. Amsterdam, the film starring big names like Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Rami Malek, Anya Taylor-Joy, Robert di Niro, Chris Rock, Zoe Saldana, and Taylor Swift came out in October to an utterly dismal reception. Not only were the returning box-office numbers wince-worthy but the film received a less-than-enthusiastic reception.

A few days ago, I decided to watch it because it is now on HBO Max and low-and-behold, it was actually kind of amazing. The film features a story that starts as a whodunnit murder mystery and transforms into something much bigger that actually taught me some fascinating history I didn’t really know about.

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‘A Christmas Story’ Has a Sequel…and It’s Actually Really Good!

At this time of year, the holidays bring so much joy; decorating the interior/exterior of your home, seeing the beautiful decorations around town and in the neighborhoods, listening to or singing Christmas songs, enjoying holiday-inspired beverages at Starbucks…you know, the memorable stuff. One of my personal favorite perks of this time of year is watching Christmas movies.

There are only a handful I make sure to watch every year: Home Alone, Die Hard, and A Christmas Story, with the latter being my favorite of them all. (I’ve now added Hawkeye as a fun yearly rewatch thanks to its Christmas theme.) And only recently, I’ve learned that A Christmas Story literally has a sequel on HBO Max right now and to my great surprise, it wasn’t bad.

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‘The Batman’ At Home

A little over two months ago I watched one of the greatest superhero movies I’ve ever seen in theaters. It was, of course, The Batman. From the first minute to the last the film gripped me and never let go. The dank, darkness of Gotham’s world sucked me in and for nearly three hours I was riveted by the journey “Vengeance” had to take to officially become “The Batman.”

It was mind-blowing, intense, horrifying, romantic, stirring, basically everything you’d want a Batman origin story to be but there’s always that question. Was the movie really that good or was it heavily aided by IMAX? Well, I can confirm that The Batman really is that good.

This morning I logged into my HBO Max account and revisited my favorite film of the year so far, a movie so beautiful in its storytelling and visuals that it’s like a feast for a cinema lover. This is no regular superhero film. It is an experience. A moody reimagining of a character we know so well it’s almost shocking a director found a new way to tell this hero’s story.

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