agamboi has written 48 reviews for films rated ★★½ .

  • So Late So Soon

    So Late So Soon

    ★★½

    T/F 2020

    Review to come.

  • In Paris Parks

    In Paris Parks

    ★★½

    playful, fun, pointless like any good afternoon in Paris parks

  • Book of Christ

    Book of Christ

    ★★½

    not surreal enough. too possible

  • Love

    Love

    ★★½

    Noe carries the burden of his mistakes. This is his attempt at atonement. I really hope he feels better...

  • The Photograph

    The Photograph

    ★★½

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

    Lakeith Stanfield gets laid

  • The Gentlemen

    The Gentlemen

    ★★½

    warm and surprisingly likable but with the most contrived possible narration device and too many predictable plot twists. The characters were all one-dimensional and at times felt like stock characters, but because the film strikes the right pace throughout, everyone feels like a really fleshed-out, richly-struck stock character. They are shallow people but they are real shallow people

  • Call of Cuteness

    Call of Cuteness

    ★★½

    wow VERY false advertising

  • Henrietta Bulkowski

    Henrietta Bulkowski

    ★★½

    Visually ugly but I disagree with others that the ending is unintentionally ableist — to say so is to take the ending overly literally, a wooden reading that misses the clear (imo insultingly clear) metaphor at work. Disability contains the seeds of a joy only the person with that disability can have

  • Saria

    Saria

    ★★½

    Horrific that Saria is a true story. Reminded me of the short doc winner from last year about empowering young women in India with pads and basic body education. With the gains of over 100 years of feminism in this country, it is easy to hand waive away advocacy for women. But in countries with that heritage, and where capitalist demands make expediency the highest priority, women, especially young, indigenous women, get left behind. 

    Something was off about the distance…

  • Basketball and Mathematics

    Basketball and Mathematics

    ★★½

    needs more

  • Honeyland

    Honeyland

    ★★½

    Alright, I'm done, I can't do it. I can't finish it. Honeyland is an endurance test and I have failed. My boring tolerance is not high enough. I understand the appeal of visual narrative with minimal trimming as a form of ethnography. (I really loved last year's Hale County, which used the same approach). But Honeyland just makes absolutely no effort at being compelling. I made it to the 45:11 mark in two sittings and just have to stop. I…

  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    ★★½

    I am unable to get my mind into 80's comedy mode. Our modes of comedy have changed so much since then. To anyone raised in or who participated in internet culture from 2012-19, this movie is the cheesiest and stalest shtick. Where is the cynicism. Where is the painostolgia. Where is the bitter verbal irony. Where is the cringe. Too pure, too uncritically wholesome. Why doesn't the dad die in the final shot? I am afraid I am too irony poisoned to appreciate National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.