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  • The Last Time I Saw Richard

    The Last Time I Saw Richard

    ★★★★

    I promise I'm not gone forever. I'm writing something. I'm writing something for the first time in forever (literally maybe a decade or more) that isn't a movie review or a piece about movies or a tweet, and it's the greatest fucking feeling in the world. I thought maybe I was broken, that my ability to write fiction had died somewhere along the road to now, and I wouldn't ever be able to do the thing I want to do…

  • IO

    IO

    ★★½

    Margaret Qualley is my WIFE, but this is very dull. It wants to be emotionally devastating and wrenching and touching, but it’s so sparsely shot and the writing is so bland and clunky, it failed to move me beyond Margaret’s ethereal face. I like Anthony Mackie but I think he’s a little bit out of his depth here? Also, weird, disjointed editing. But Margaret is my wife.

    Lately I’ve been watching a lot of narrative TV (as I mentioned before)…

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★½

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

    A preface to my review (please read this, thanks): at the beginning and the end of the screener I attended, my fellow critics and I were read a statement by Villenueve (at the beginning) and a list (at the end) of things he requested we not discuss in our reviews about the innerworkings of this film, namely, virtually every major plot point. If I recall correctly, his reasoning was he wished all moviegoers to see this organically, without knowing the…

  • It

    It

    ★★★★

    If there's a lingering, vague sense of disappointment regarding this film lurking somewhere in my soul, it's due to the fact that the first half of Muschietti's vision (yes, this is part one of two, dealing with the first time the Losers confront Pennywise while they're still kids--Part 2 will deal with what happens to them as adults) for one of King's most notorious novels comes so fucking close to being perfect, yet that five-star experience slipped through my fingers…