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  • Spiral: From the Book of Saw

    Spiral: From the Book of Saw

    ★★½

    A new killer means no Tobin Bell and no soap opera relations between him and his many associates and disciples, so Spiral essentially has to set up a whole new era of the City on its own, even if doing so creates some odd structural problems and plot holes.


    Read my review for Cinema Etc.

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★½

    There's a scene early in this movie where Bob Wells is describing his initiative to Fern, but he's basically doing the same thing for the audience. He's almost looking right at the camera. This happens a few times throughout Nomadland, as we hear the stories of these real life people. But just a moment after when Bob starts telling Fern's fictionalized backstory back to her and commenting on her struggle, Bob's voice completely changes and the movie feels like it's…

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  • Night on Earth

    Night on Earth

    ★★★

    The fourth segment kinda ruins the idiosyncratic, easygoing nature of the movie. That one feels like it's trying way too hard, but the rest of it is pretty good! Still not sure what to see in Jarmusch's approach, though.

  • Cruel Intentions

    Cruel Intentions

    ★★★

    The fact that a lot of this movie’s content has aged so poorly has kind of made it more fun to watch? Seeing these casually homophobic, kinda racist rich assholes manipulate each other and completely embarrassing themselves has evolved from a weird adaptation to a sadistic spectacle.

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  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★★★★

    Ayo. A word in the Nigerian language of the Yoruba people meaning "Joy." Ayo brought that joy to us all.

    Through his love of film and filmmaking, Ayo was a man all his own. His photography and editing styles created beautiful portraits of the various beautiful people that he saw in this world. Do yourself a favor and look at every single thing on his Instagram (@salvadordarkie), it will move your world.

    He introduced me to his favorite film, The…

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★

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

    I wish I didn't feel as mixed on this as I do. It's a fascinating movie with some amazing designs, but the plotting involving the two main characters is pretty lackluster. It's clear Docter wasn't intent on making a Black story first, which is sad since this is Pixar's first film with a Black lead. First 22 takes over Joe's body, voice and all (a decision which should be broken down by way smarter people than me), and then Joe's…