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  • Watari, the Ninja Boy
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  • The World of Us
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  • Ip Man 4: The Finale

    ★★

  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★

  • Beast

    ★★★½

  • Don't Look Up

    ★½

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  • Ip Man 4: The Finale

    Ip Man 4: The Finale

    Ip Man 1: China teaches racist Japanese a lesson by beating their ass.
    Ip Man 2: China teaches racist British a lesson by beating their ass.
    Ip Man 3: China takes a break and has to deal with internal politics(?) and take care of the wife.
    Ip Man 4: China teaches racist Americans a lesson by beating their ass.
    If there's one thing I've learned watching these Ip Man films, it's that VIOLENCE SOLVES ALL PROBLEMS even when they could…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    A slow burn with a hell of a punch line that genuinely surprised me at first but made complete sense. Although I have to admit that right up to that realization, I was feeling disappointed. But that's the thing about this kind of structure. It's more about the destination than the journey. After reaching the destination, then suddenly the journey is retroactively satisfying. There are some questions about story details that have been nagging me. The big question I was…

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    I feel like this film should close the book on the early 70s Los Angeles nostalgia-driven indie film. I know that it won't, but I just think PTA has effectively drained every last drop from this well and I can honestly say I don't need any more. Obviously, there's a lot to admire here and I don't take any of it for granted: the performances, photography, production design, soundtrack, etc. The beautifully crafted fetishizing gave me deja vu from this…

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    Started off pretty well for me. I love a good sci-fi comedy, especially when it's sharply satirical. But it peaks early with the first realizations that the world isn't taking them seriously and then spends the rest of the very long and muddy run time lumbering about, trying to skewer too many aspects of our modern, idiocratic times. By taking on too much, it dilutes whatever the main thesis was meant to be and I kind of gave up caring…