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  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    ★★★

    I’ve never seen a movie so old that I can’t enjoy it, but I think The Exorcist is it. The sole fact that the term “exorcism” had to be explained to an unaware audience is outrageous to me in today’s culture, and that stands as a testament to the movie’s eternal significance in the horror genre. But I couldn’t ignore the inspirations from horror films in the 50+ years since its release.

    It’s scary in places, with great practical effects…

  • Someone Great

    Someone Great

    This is the screenplay you get from a film student that thinks their real-life breakup story is interesting enough for the big screen. It's the type of screenplay that places their post-college life beat-for-beat in a fantasy setting of the screenwriter's dreams.

    There is nothing profound about Jennifer Robinson's story, and her writing is amatuer at best. It can be refreshingly real but horribly fake; surprisingly diverse but character-wise, vacuous.

    Most disappointing are the main women's faux-feminist personalities. I can't…

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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★

    Disgusting, repulsive, and vile. If I took JB to see this, I would feel guilty for the rest of my life. Midsommar is much too extreme for me and I've never said that about any movie ever.

    But it's also incredibly beautiful with masterful cinematography, interesting and fresh sound mixing, color grading, editing and production design, of course. And it's even funny at times. It's such an unsettling contrast to the absolute dread in the rest of it. I felt…

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★

    It isn't be perfect. It never could be. But Avengers: Endgame pulls off the impossible and ends a decade long adventure. However, given everything it has to excel at being, sometimes it forgets it's a movie in the first place.

    The pacing of the first two hours seems incredibly off, episodic at times, or otherwise slow. It takes over thirty minutes and some exhaustive convincing just to re-assemble the team to go back in time. We are introduced to the…