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Raul Navedo

Born in Puerto Rico but raised in a combination of the island, Boston and upstate New York. This guy’s accent shifts depending on his mood, as does his sense of style. If you don’t understand him sometimes, don’t feel bad, neither do we. Having studied film in Florida, with a focus on writing and directing, and having worked on many projects of all sizes and scope, Raul has a well rounded understanding of cinema. He is also a huge fan of American Football and believes Tom Brady to be the indisputable G.O.A.T.
67 Posts
Severance Review | Delightfully Mind-blowing

Severance Review | Delightfully Mind-blowing

Severance is a mind-blowing, Ben Stiller-ized drama that challenges the idea of “work/life balance” and pushes it to its limit. I promise that you have never explored a topic like Stiller has this one. The pros, the cons, the twists, the turns, and the unimagined horrors. However, for as powerful as it is, this is an impossibly engaging story that, sadly, leaves you lusting for more. Adam Scott in Severance Mark and his colleagues work at Lumon Industries, a mega-corporation that has created a procedure that allows its employees to separate their mind into two: outside of work and inside.…
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Am I Ok? |  Review

Am I Ok? | Review

Am I OK? is a fun & elegant portrait of love. Romantic, platonic, same… unrequited. Tig Notaro & Stephanie Allynne capture this deeply personal & undeniably authentic narrative with care & finesse. A story that could easily be mishandled by inexperienced storytellers, which is funny considering this is their directorial debut but they manage to deliver a piece that is incredibly special. The cast shows up big with powerfully endearing performances all around but Sonoya Mizuno and Dakota Johnson steal the show with their charm and undeniable chemistry. Dakota Johnson starts out 2022 with two fantastic performances in one Sundance,…
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The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future | Review

The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future | Review

Do you remember the last film you saw where, from the first frame, you thought “I don’t know where this is going but I am here for it”. Well, allow me to introduce you to the next one to hit on that level. The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future is a fascinating portrait of second chances that keeps you thoroughly engaged from start to finish. A beautiful mystery that reveals itself slowly: small doses cleverly designed to keep you hooked, rewarding you for your patience all along the way. This is one that could go a million…
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Cha Cha Real Smooth | Review

Cha Cha Real Smooth | Review

Cha Cha Real Smooth is a delightful film about finding yourself through love & family. A brilliantly written and directed modern rom-com from Cooper Raiff that accurately depicts and challenges the idea of soul-mates & commitment. It isn’t often that I watch a film and find myself as thrilled, entertained, and inspired as I found myself here. This one is an absolute wonder-- every element working in harmony to deliver a perfect film. That’s a claim I do not make lightly. Is it possible that I am simply a prisoner of the moment? Absolutely, but as of today Cha Cha…
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West Side Story Review | A Unfortunate Waste of Time

West Side Story Review | A Unfortunate Waste of Time

It saddens me to report that West Side Story is shallow, offensive, and toxic. At the risk of sounding inflammatory I’ll say that this is an outdated narrative that serves as a beautiful example of ego at its most extravagant. -Ouch- I know that’s harsh but, for those of you still here, allow me to elaborate. The Jets and the Sharks are rival street gangs who have been fighting over control of Upper West Side Manhattan for a handful of years. Just as things are coming to a breaking point Romeo-- I mean Tony, meets Maria--I mean Juliet-- I mean…
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Nightmare Alley | Mesmerizing and Bold

Nightmare Alley | Mesmerizing and Bold

Mesmerizing and bold, Nightmare Alley is a master class in cinematography. Guillermo del Toro once again delivers unmatched visuals that astonish and delight, taking us on a journey that, though not as strong as one would hope, manages to linger in the back of your mind. Unfortunately the narrative doesn’t land quite as strong managing to, somehow, leave us wondering when was the last time we fervently loved something that left us so disheartened. Bradley Cooper in the film NIGHTMARE ALLEY. Photo by Kerry Hayes. © 2021 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved A man with a dark past and…
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Julia Review | Inspirational Legend

Julia Review | Inspirational Legend

Julia shines a lovely spotlight on the icon Julia Child. No surprise that I love food documentaries and this is no exception. A well directed, well paced doc with strong interviews and even stronger footage that give us a peek into the inspiring life of the mother of cooking shows. When Julia Child came on the scene she was unlike anyone people had seen on television. An unlikely star, if you will. She knew who she was and gave herself to the audience in a way that was undeniably genuine and warm. She was knowledgeable, funny, and business savvy. But,…
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Eternals | Review

Eternals | Review

In Eternals the bulk of the heavy lifting is done by the undeniable charm of the characters. Unfortunately, when stripping away these beautifully diverse performances what you are left with is exposition through dialogue, bad choices, and visual effects that, sadly, resemble those we have become accustomed to expect from something out of the Snyderverse-- sleek, shiny, and clearly out of a computer. Call me spoiled but I have seen **Marvel** bring a talking raccoon to life and they have, subsequently, made me fall in love with it. My bar is set by the standards they have proven to be…
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Dune Review | Villenueve Does it Again!

Dune Review | Villenueve Does it Again!

Dune is absolute cinematic mastery. Thoughtful storytelling that takes its time, patiently expanding the world and the characters who inhabit it so as to create a rich universe that feels tangible. The Atreides family & empire is entrusted with the protection, collection, processing, & extraction of the galaxy’s most valuable element. Seeing as it only exists on a dangerous hostile planet the task is no easy feat and one that Duke Leto Atreides does not take lightly. However, what unspoken dangers lie in this desert planet-- concealed by the sand, the heat, and the politics-- may be beyond even the…
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Dear Evan Hansen Review | Powerful & Touching

Dear Evan Hansen Review | Powerful & Touching

Dear Evan Hansen is a musical that, despite some of its shortcomings, manages to enthrall & inspire. Effective in every way, the narrative finds a way through the cracks infecting all who stick through and allow it to grab hold. A beautiful tribute to the anonymous ones. Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen Evan is a high school senior with severe social anxiety who receives an assignment from his therapist to write motivational letter to himself to improve his disposition in life as well as increase his self-worth. Connor, a fellow student, takes his own life after stealing one of…
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