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  • An American Pickle

    An American Pickle

    ★★★

    👌🏻64%
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    This film is just so strange. Granted, strange is something I had hoped for, but nothing could prepare me for the journey that I was about to go on. The story itself was choppy. The film had no idea where it was headed at times, and that made it difficult to digest. It’s a bit of a letdown overall because of how incredible Seth Rogen is. Playing two distinct roles, he…

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★★½

    ✅88%
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    It’s always important to be sure, and I needed this rewatch to confirm a few things. My wife (thankfully) liked it quite a bit, but she was shocked when I showed her that this tops my 2020 list. It is my favorite of the year for a few reasons, and it’s nice to have that confirmation on second watch. The first is the fact that Samberg has officially outdone himself here.…

  • The Tax Collector

    The Tax Collector

    ★★½

    👎🏻48%
    YouTube review coming🔜
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    I was genuinely excited for this film, and a lot of it has to do with rooting for Ayer. He seems like a passionate filmmaker, and he’s had some success in the past. Recently watching End of Watch gave me the motivation I needed to believe in this idea. A "tax collector" for a crime lord finds his family's safety compromised when his boss' old rival shows up in LA and upends…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★½

    ✅88%
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    It’s one of those films you just have to get back to eventually. Taika has grown on me so much over the years. He started out as an extremely talented up-and-coming Director, and he has turned into one of the most legitimate filmmakers within the industry. He is also one of my personal favorites. I’ve heard nothing but amazing stories surrounding this man in real life, so he has that going for him, but he’s…

  • Calm with Horses

    Calm with Horses

    ★★★★

    ✅82%
    YouTube review coming🔜
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    2020 hasn’t been all that kind to us as movie-lovers, but I (as we all do) hope to gather information and learn some lessons this year. Our first lesson comes to us from this unexpected gem of a film, and this the fact that “Cosmo Jarvis crushes his role in Calm with Horses.” The duel-name dilemma always tends to confuse me because I’m just not sure which way to go. I’m going…

  • Radioactive

    Radioactive

    ★★

    🚫42%
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    Radioactive is bold and beautiful from a visual perspective. There are plenty of over-stylized elements that come off as “too much,” but at least the film is colorful. This, and Pike’s emotional range, are my only praises towards this snooze-fest. It’s extremely unfortunate because of how fascinating this true(ish) story is. One of the tag-lines uses for the film reads “Pioneer - Rebel - Genius.” Radioactive is described as an incredible, true-story of Marie Curie,…

  • The Hater

    The Hater

    ★★★½

    👍🏻72%
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    Netflix properties from Poland have been astoundingly different from each other quality-wise. This was a film that I expected nothing from, but it ended up giving me one of my more intriguing experiences of the year. While it’s overlong and something lacks with how this story is told, there is no denying the effort put into the craft. Something as simple as holding/freezing on certain shots for seconds longer than anticipated…

  • Yes, God, Yes

    Yes, God, Yes

    ★★★★

    ✅75%
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    It’s honestly a bit astonishing how this film managed to keep me engaged on the level that it did. You go into films like these (coming of age-ish) not knowing what you’re in for, but Yes, God, Yes nailed what it was going for. The film is a bit simplistic, and that works against (and overshadows) its rock-solid execution at times, but it is the perfect uncomfortable yet relatable story for anyone of that age.…

  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★½

    🏆93%
    Studio Ghibli list coming🔜

    This film is an absolute adventure, as it takes us on a ride that is unlike any other. Miyazaki always takes a simple idea and turns it into gold. Mononoke does feel a bit more complex than what we are used to from him, but it’s all brought together so seamlessly. On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and…

  • Amulet

    Amulet

    ★★

    🚫40%
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    Amulet seems to be a fairly divisive film between critics and the general audiences. I often find myself leaning more towards the critics, but this is the opposite case. Amulet started off showcasing a ton of potential, but it slowly devolved into a mess. An ex-soldier, living homeless in London, is offered a place to stay at a decaying house inhabited by a young woman and her dying mother. As he starts to fall for…

  • The Rental

    The Rental

    ★★½

    ⚠️52%
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    Can Dave live up to the Franco name when it comes to directing a film? James hasn’t had the chance to do much, but I absolutely loved The Disaster Artist. Horror films often give Directors a chance to flex some chops when they are newcomers. I don’t even necessarily classify this as a pure Horror film, as it takes quite awhile for that to kick in, but I can see why…

  • The Kissing Booth 2

    The Kissing Booth 2

    ❌20%
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    Well, this was fun. Netflix was hesitant about a screener, and the embargo date was the day of. Those weren’t good signs. Then we go back to the first film, and we begin to remember who these characters really are. I honestly don’t even mind Joey King as an actress, but Elle is just the worst in that movie. She gets even worse in this film, and she is surrounded by…