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  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★★

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

    I’ve gotten something like five months into the COVID-19 pandemic without cheating too much on my convictions of only giving full reviews to movies made for theaters but I’ve been slowly chipping away at that standard and don’t know what to think about that. I first made an exception for Bacurau because it did play in NY/LA and had a planned expansion and ultimately played on a service which gave money to theaters. Then I made an exception for Spike…

  • Jabberwocky

    Jabberwocky

    ★★½

    Jabberwocky was Terry Gilliam’s first non-Monty Python branded film (though it does have Michael Palin in it) and I remember it being kind of hard to find back when I was first exploring Gilliam’s filmography. Looking at it now you can certainly see it as a bit of a transitionary film in which he was coming to find his later style but it wasn’t quite there yet. The film is named after a Lewis Carroll poem about a monster, and…

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  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    ★★½

    Man, what a misguided endeavor this whole Hobbit thing was. I’ve long maintained that the problems with this spinoff series run a lot deeper than the decision to split it into three movies but out of the three this is definitely the one that suffers most from the padding. It’s something I’ve noticed about a lot of the last parts of these needlessly split movies like The Matrix Revolutions or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows- Part 2,” they end…

  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★

    One of the most common title formats in cinema is the “American [fill in the blank]” format, which as far as I can tell goes back at least as far as 1973’s American Graffiti and has been used dozens of times. It may or may not be as common as the “[fill in the blank] Story” format be it’s certainly the more loaded of the two. It’s not a titling convention that’s often used for mellow movies with modest intentions,…