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Moana
Moana (2016)
14 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Fun, adventurous, and musical to no end, Moana is this year's go-to Disney princess. While not without its flaws, the pros outweigh the cons. Moana is the princess that I wish was around when I was a kid - she's a gutsy, energetic, and youthful character who is a parkour-ocean loving badass! The voice acting was excellent throughout, with The Rock killing it as Maui, and newcomer Auli'i Cravalho giving a dynamite debut performance as the titular princess. The animation is the most beautiful thing Disney has made in a long time, with vibrant colors and extremely detailed scenery. And of course, how can you not enjoy a soundtrack written by musical powerhouses Mark Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda? But with so many wonderful things, it lacked in some other areas. The story was surprisingly weak, and it phoned in its princess formula at times. When it comes to a formula, if used properly and to its fullest potential, it can work out just fine. Sometimes it didn't work as well as it could have in this movie. There were a few scenes where it felt that it was getting a little forced just for the sake of being a princess movie. Some characters and moments were completely extraneous and could have been omitted with no consequence to the story. But nonetheless, this is still a great addition to the princess canon that is perfect for this generation of young girls. I still wish that I had a "Moana" princess growing up.

The Edge of Seventeen
23 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

This is exactly the kind of movie I have been looking for! I was bowled over by how funny, heart-warming, and honest this flick was. Hailee Steinfeld gives a dynamite performance; she's the kind of teenager that you want to slap in the face, then pull in for a bear hug. As a viewer, I could identify with a little bit of everything. The writing was organic and fresh, with a perfect balance of wit, crudeness, and a little heartbreak. I had a blast watching Nadine wander through her teenage shitshow of a life, and I'd gladly join her again in a heartbeat. This is truly a fresh face in the coming-of-age genre.

Airplane!
Airplane! (1980)
23 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

While I prefer the absurdity of The Naked Gun just a little more (mostly because I adore Leslie Nielsen), there is no doubt that this film wrote the book on spoof movies. And that's coming from a lifelong Mel Brooks fan. It is quotable, memorable, and so brilliantly stupid. I loved it, and I look forward to using its quotes in my everyday dialogue.

Barton Fink
Barton Fink (1991)
27 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I am at a loss for words. I am a huge Coen Brothers fan, and I've seen their work gets twisty and crazy. This one is certainly no exception. I fell in love with the first two acts, because I felt to in touch with Barton and his struggle. Tuturro played Barton in such a human way. John Goodman was the epitome of a big bear; you want to give him a big hug, but also feel that he could attack at any moment. Once that third act hit, holy moly I was stumped. This film is certainly an acquired taste. It's smart, satirical, twisted, and intelligent. An unsettling think-piece, if you will. And that's not always for everyone. I managed to hold on for dear life, but can you?

Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane (1941)
33 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

At long last, I've seen the film that started it all, and boy oh boy was I impressed. Technically it was stunning, it was cleverly edited, it had some excellent acting, and holy moly Orson Welles was charismatic as fuck. Not only was he a stellar actor, but his direction was impeccable. And all at the age of 25 - swoon. There is no question as to why this is considered to be one of the most innovative films of all time; it set the bar high and dared all other movies to just try and raise it.