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  • The Bad Batch

    The Bad Batch

    ★½

    What a letdown. I nearly punched out at the midway point, something I haven't done in a long time.

    It's the opposite of A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night in that it does so little with so much.

    Watch the Blu-ray of A Boy and His Dog instead.

  • The Reflecting Skin

    The Reflecting Skin

    ★★★½

    Bizarre, bright, and disturbing. This was totally one of those cult movies I would have gotten into in my college days, I just never encountered it. Well, unless that clip in Junktape (the public access progenitor of Greg the Bunny) counts.

    One thing I want to nitpick is the intrusive soundtrack. The imagery is so fascinating and the damn composer WON'T STOP AND LET YOU ENJOY IT.

    Boy, they sure used every take in that closing scene.

    You know how…

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★½

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

    I really wanted to like this movie, but about 90 minutes in, after the tenth slow-motion scene of Joker dancing, I felt very bored.

    Heavy cribbing from Taxi Driver and King of Comedy throughout. I'd like to know, was it supposed to be a surprise when we found out that Arthur's relationship with Zazie Beetz was all in his head?

    I can't fault Phoenix for his performance, it's fantastic, but at the end of the movie when he goes Full…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

    One of my favorite films of 2019. A deep dive into grief, as well as a cautionary tale about how to avoid being a bad boyfriend. All of the horrible stuff is committed by beautiful people, in beautiful scenery in broad daylight.

    I saw it twice in theaters, the second time in the form of The Director's Cut. I don't think the deleted scenes added anything to the experience, and I won't spoil anything but there's one scene in particular…