Monthly Archives: November 2016

Review: Hacksaw Ridge

They say war never changes, but war movies have changed dramatically. The past few decades have only highlighted the moral ambiguity of war since World War 2. Nuclear weapons and modern technology discourage the idea of war with the guarantee

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Review: The Edge of Seventeen

Well, this was a pleasant surprise. Against my expectations, I really enjoyed The Edge of Seventeen! Upon entering the theatre, I saw an audience consisting of mostly female viewers, so the movie isn’t exactly marketed to my demographic. But despite my lack

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Review: Moonlight

I usually watch movies from a filmmaker’s perspective. I analyze the choices made by the director and producers: how they set up the camera, how they use music and sound, the thematic choices in the story, etc. It’s an objective

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The 2016 US Election

A few days before the 2016 US Election, I wrote a piece on demagogues. Alas, the prophecy has been fulfilled. Hillary supporters are salty as hell, and Trump supporters are smug as hell. And while there are things that affected

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Review: The Accountant

In the opening scene of The Accountant, an autistic child solves a jigsaw puzzle in under a minute… while the pieces are face down. It’s a neat trick on-screen, but it makes for better foreshadowing. After all, The Accountant is essentially a face-down puzzle:

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Review: Doctor Strange

It’s easy to take sorcery in cinema for granted. Magic is a fickle plot device; when used improperly, it can cause a story to fall apart. When used skillfully, however, magic can be immersive in fantastic ways. It’s all about execution,

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Demagogues

I think I better say something about the American presidential race before the election day on November 8. Don’t worry, this isn’t some hokey endorsement for any particular candidate, nor is it a cheesy demand to vote (though you probably

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