aklingus

aklingus

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I’m just this guy, you know? Opinions mine and mine alone, gotta always have that in my bio.

Favorite films

  • Dazed and Confused
  • His Girl Friday
  • Bob le Flambeur
  • The French Connection

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  • The Fast and the Furious

    ★★★½

  • School of Rock

    ★★★★½

  • The Battle of Algiers

    ★★★★★

  • No Time to Die

    ★★★½

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  • The Beginning: Making 'Episode I'

    The Beginning: Making 'Episode I'

    ★★★★

    If nothing else, the fact that this came out tells you George Lucas really doesn’t have an ego, because it’s hard to think of too many directors that would sign off on this brutally candid a look into the filmmaking process, especially the modern filmmaking process. Watching this slow motion disaster unfold, watching Lucas make every wrong creative choice, or him muttering about how blatantly aping the original trilogy is like poetry, or the stunned faces at the end of…

  • The Hangover

    The Hangover

    Because I have nothing to say about this movie I loved in 2009 and don’t care about now, here’s one of the 2 or 3 interesting stories about my life. In 2010 I was staying at my aunt’s house in Las Vegas when Scott Pilgrim vs The World came out, and I was so knocked out by it that I saw it on consecutive days (the only time I’ve done that, although I’ve seen movies twice in a week before).…

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  • The Fast and the Furious

    The Fast and the Furious

    ★★★½

    “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” - some guy 

    And here I go, into the F&F universe. I nearly tapped out before ten minutes had passed because the constant rap-rock shit roots this in a period of American culture I a) lived through in my formative years and b) did not care for then or now, but I do want to see the ones everyone likes (people like this one, you know what I mean) and…

  • School of Rock

    School of Rock

    ★★★★½

    As someone who loves the shit out of Tenacious D, a movie where Jack Black basically plays his Tenacious D character (which is more or less him, but still) should be right up my alley, and this was right up my alley indeed. It’s a pretty tough balancing act to make a movie that’s family friendly while also having an adult edge, but Linklater and White (and Black, who I refuse to believe didn’t improvise half this shit) really pull…

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  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    Buhhh. 200 million dollars and we got:

    1. A movie with brutally bad special effects - those memed scenes were par for the course in terms of how this movie looks

    2. A movie at least 45 minutes longer than it should have been, paced absolutely atrociously, that sags like a twenty-five year old mattress halfway through

    3. Acting that ranges from “acceptable” (Chris Pine) to “truly atrocious” (Gadot, who truly acts like every movie is her first one)

    4.…

  • WandaVision

    WandaVision

    ★★★

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

    All right, watched all nine episodes, a few thoughts:

    1. I’m a latchkey kid who has spent his life watching everything from The Honeymooners to Community, so I can safely say the TV tropes stuff is what I enjoyed the most. Like, I truly dug the first two episodes even while other people were twiddling their thumbs - big dumb broad humor jokes, goofy plot misunderstandings, and playing to the rafters are right in my wheelhouse. Shame all the storyline…