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  • The Big Cube

    The Big Cube

    ★★

    Some cool crossover plot themes (gold-digger gaslighting via LSD!) with trippy hallucination sequences, and there are some cool wardrobes, but holy shit this has some horrible acting. It often feels like a bad, slow soap opera. Also, are we supposed to believe the main character is completely naïve about drugs and has a full-on accent because she went to school in Switzerland? The movie almost qualifies for so-bad-it’s-good status, but the slow pacing ultimately holds it back.

  • Deadwood: The Movie

    Deadwood: The Movie

    ★★★

    Solid acting and production (no surprise) and a much more satisfying cap to the series than the original finale. I don’t remember the dialogue being so full of 19th-century verbosity in the original show but that was more than 10 years ago so maybe my memory has just faded. In any case, even though they were technically speaking English, I had to turn on subtitles at one point to get any sense of what the hell people were talking about.

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  • Chernobyl

    Chernobyl

    ★★★★★

    Bleak as fuck. Some of the best production work in recent memory. The filming, coloring, makeup, costumes, locations – everything contributes to an overall atmosphere that is profoundly grim. It feels like a film-based incarnation of brutalism: raw, spare, and gray.

    The acting is excellent (if you can get past the fact that all these eastern Europeans have British accents). Some characters like the miners or soviet administrators are a bit cartoonish, but I suppose some caricature and simplification is…

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    ★★★

    I’ll start this review with the disclaimer that I’m a big Godzilla fan and will probably go see any Godzilla movie in theaters even if it looks horrible.

    The storyline for this one is completely stupid. I want to like the whole idea of an eco-terrorism-themed monster movie, but the writing is completely horrible, filled with too many ridiculous plot holes to keep track of. Kyle Chandler’s performance is embarrassingly over-acted. There are so many monster fight scenes they end…