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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★

    Certainly did not expect to be laughing during this one.  Schrader is bonkers!  Had me going there for a bit... but then this is man who gave us Witch Hunt.

  • Roman J. Israel, Esq.

    Roman J. Israel, Esq.

    ok seriously how many Gilroys are there

  • Meet the Feebles

    Meet the Feebles

    ★★★

    Even if I really like Fellowship of the Ring, there's no question this is Jackson's best film.

  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man

    ★★★

    "It's a Red Owl".

  • The Third Man

    The Third Man

    ★★★★

    Must have been 10 years since I've seen this. Really enjoyable. And I'm struck by how many similarities there are in The Long Goodbye to this story, no idea how I missed them before. I daresay 3rd Dude would have been better served by adapting the piece of zither folk music into an evolving leitmotif as in Goodbye, instead of reusing the same few seconds of KINDA catchy music incessantly... but not all of us have time machine access and perfect 20/20 hindsight.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★

    It's really good, sure. For a kid's film. For a comic book, it pretty much blows the 20th century out of the water - there's just no reason to go back.

    But it gives me a weird feeling like I got from The Lego Movie, which I couldn't watch for more than a few minutes - these wholly CGI, ultra-dense, poppy positive sensory-input-junkie projects... makes me dubious... little too charming, feel I've been algorithmed...

  • Widows

    Widows

    ★★★

    Also Viola Davis has the same expression on her face for the entire film (clearly sans final scene). Which is not to say it's a bad performance.

  • First Man

    First Man

    omfg I never want to watch anything this serious again

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★½

    This is pretty good!

    Alternate title: Support the Girls.

  • Hannibal

    Hannibal

    ★★

    There are some things I like about this movie. This very bad movie.

  • Widows

    Widows

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Like every McQueen film, carries an undercurrent of dread and tension that leaves your gut sore by the end. And like every McQueen film, I don't really want to watch it again... He's always had a very strained relationship with traditional narratives. He started out as an experimental filmmaker - everything is enigmatic, piecemeal, largely uninflected - if he were a composer, he'd be some dissonant modernist. There's no melody, no harmony, in a McQueen film... just existential emptiness punctuated…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★

    It really is astonishing how Disney ruined this franchise. They killed the goose laying golden eggs. It's beloved. And why was it destroyed? Capitulation to an alt-right troll. DC-level incompetence. I can certainly live without it - it's just a comic book film - but it still blows me away. Utterly pathetic.