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  • Before Sunset
  • Jaws
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  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

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  • Jackie Brown

    ★★★½

  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    ★★★½

  • The Pianist

    ★★★★

  • Carrie

    ★★★★½

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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★½

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

    I made this video about Mirrors and the magical properties they possess, as well as how they’ve been used throughout film history, which sort of inadvertently looped around to demonstrate how mirrors are scary / dangerous. Check that out if you’re interested. Us is chock full of mirrors, so I used that shot from the beginning where Red meets Adelaide because it’s always terrified me. And this movie still does really scare me.

    But I’m not sure if it scares…

  • PlayTime

    PlayTime

    ★★★★½

    Basically Where’s Waldo? The Movie. Show this to modern audiences and guaranteed they hate it; my sister made it 45 minutes before bailing, but honestly I thought good for her for having that much patience. 

    I found this kinda profound in a lot of ways. The comedy is there, and some strokes are obvious and great, but it’s very much a movie that makes you pay attention, and on top of that there (obviously) isn’t a clear linear narrative. There’s…

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  • Jackie Brown

    Jackie Brown

    ★★★½

    “Your ass used to be beautiful.”

    Tarantino’s test run at tackling Aging before Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Not nearly as layered and sumptuous, but a lot of it is (to my surprise) intentionally locked down and patient. Doesn’t HUM in the way that his other work does, I don’t care so much when you have two characters as great as Max Cherry and Jackie Brown.

  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    ★★★½

    Cute, and earnest, but doesn’t quite have a complete worldview like PADDINGTON does. Even its take on internet fame and culture, which lies at the center of the plot, is kind of facile. Still, I don’t want to say too many negative things because it’s a heartfelt and beautifully animated film. I appreciate how Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate didn’t allow their creation to be monopolized into some dumpster action comedy costarring The Rock. I did think the offscreen story…

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  • Lightyear

    Lightyear

    This was transparently a terrible idea from the start. How do you tell the origin story for a character whose entire arc has already been told? How do you do the Zurg reveal when we already know he’s Buzz’s father? How do you make a movie in 2022 that seems like it could’ve been made in 1995? The movie’s answer to these questions varies from “dull and uninteresting” to “who on God’s earth thought this was possibly a good idea?”…

  • Turning Red

    Turning Red

    Modernism is a disease.