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  • L'Avventura
  • Only Angels Have Wings
  • Sansho the Bailiff
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  • Phoenix

  • Satantango

    ★★★★★

  • You People

  • Buffalo '66

    ★★★★★

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  • Avatar: The Way of Water

    Avatar: The Way of Water

    for my fifth viewing of Big Jim’s latest, I made the trek to Gurnee Illinois to get the 4DX experience at the Marcus by the Gurnee Mills mall. went to The Rainforest Cafe beforehand to really engage with the natural world before ~living~ in the movie with the “immersion” of 4DX. my thoughts on the film itself haven’t changed much since my first review, except I like all of it a little more now. 

    onto the 4DX:

    this was my first…

  • Twixt

    Twixt

    ★★★★★

    "You gotta have a lot of story, none of that style bullshit."

    Twixt begins as a cheeky In the Mouth of Madness-style metafiction about artistic autonomy, pretentiousness, and the writing process, within a small-town ghost story and a Stephen King-esque tone and narrative set up. has lots of genuinely funny self-effacing humor, which Val Kilmer and Bruce Dern deliver on the exact right wavelength, but there’s a real spookiness on display that’s made all the more unsettling by the uncanny…

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  • Phoenix

    Phoenix

    🎵darling speak lowwwwww🎶

    I’m a sucker for anything Hitchcockian and anything Nazisploitation and this is both. Nina Hoss god-mode

  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ★★★★★

    I think everybody at some point in their lives should experience watching this in one go (with two intermissions) running on 4 hours of sleep in a theater while downing coffee to stay conscious

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  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    one of the most reddit “films” i’ve ever seen. the ultimate “I CLAPPED BECAUSE I KNOW THAT REFERENCE” movie. felt like I was watching Spiderman fanfiction written by a 3rd grader. just totally shallow and contains nothing interesting thematically beyond “REMEMBER THIS!?” even in the potentially emotional moments, the emphasis is on the reference rather than any real meaning beyond a callback to something. there’s no deconstruction or anything interesting happening. any growth that Peter has in this film is…

  • The Whale

    The Whale

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

    I have no idea where to even begin with this so I’m going to start by saying that the film opens with Brendan Fraser (who is as good as anyone could possibly be in this - it’s a shame that this is his big comeback role, and the condescending conversation around him and his performance is a whole other story, but he does what he can here) jerking himself off into a near-heart attack. it only gets more absurd and…