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  • Alvin and the Chipmunks

    Alvin and the Chipmunks

    ★★

    David Cross did this while Bob Odenkirk was doing Breaking Bad.

  • Training Day

    Training Day

    ★★★★½

    From the Trivia section of imdb:

    "The quote "King Kong aint got shit on me" is a reference to 1930s King Kong"


    Fascinating.

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  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    ★★★½

    For a movie that's supposed to be about Pokemon, I really could have used more Pokemon in this. Only a few really stand out or get any focus. Comparatively, in "Roger Rabbit," the humans and toons both feel autonomous and an important part of their universe, despite the fact that one group is oppressed by the other. Here, we're told that Pokemon and Humans live in harmonious equality, yet whenever we see Pokemon (in town), they're shadowing their humans and…

  • Hansel and Gretel

    Hansel and Gretel

    ★★½

    Tim Burton got a lot of mileage out of sandworms I guess.

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  • Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever

    ½

    "Hi, Eli Roth. We're gonna remake Cabin Fever. Got any ideas for it?"
    "Just fuck my shit up, fam."
    "Say no more."

  • Hostel

    Hostel

    ★★★★

    This movie really honed in on so many cultural fears of the time. The movie speaks to a post- 9/11 fear of foreigners, a post- Abu Ghraib fear of torture, a universal fear of creepy eastern Europeans. To write this off as "torture porn" is about as lazy as criticism can get and strengthens the old grampa views of Roger Ebert that anything bloody is void of artistic merit.