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  • The King

    ★★

  • The Haunting of Sorority Row

    ★★★

  • Underworld: Awakening

    ★★★½

  • Richard III

    ★★★★

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  • Napoleon Dynamite

    Napoleon Dynamite

    ★★★★★

    “Vote for Pedro”

    A great comedy is one where you notice new things every time you watch it, you enjoy quoting it in various situations, and it takes on a life if its own in your imagination. This film has all of those hallmarks, making it a bonafide classic!

    I’ve had this rated at 4 1/2 stars for the longest time, because I’ve always been a bit sad at having been left out of the fun of seeing this get…

  • Lightyear

    Lightyear

    ★★★★

    A pretty damn good sci-fi action flick. It’s definitely aimed at kids, but I’m a big kid myself and I kept thinking about how much I’d enjoy reenacting some of these scenes. The part where Izzy Hawthorne overcomes her fear of outer space to make a leap for the departing space craft gave me chills, especially as she reaches for that lovable robot cat. I thought for sure he was a goner there. 

    Characters are great in this: funny, relatable,…

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  • The King

    The King

    ★★

    “Stop the fucking charade! Stop it!”

    Timothée Chalamet and Robert Pattinson don’t suit their roles very well at all, the costumes and battle scenes don’t have an authentic enough feel, and the Shakespearean qualities are severely lacking. The plot is impressively dense, the proceedings are well selected, and the overall look is very cohesive. 

    Summer Shakespeare 2022

  • The Haunting of Sorority Row

    The Haunting of Sorority Row

    ★★★

    “Turns out, Jena Thorne had a MySpace blog.”

    People who follow me know that I handle the Lifetime aesthetic better than most. This is one of those that just reeks of it to the point where it becomes a positive. I’d watch this again, for sure. Just a fun direct-to-tv ‘00s teenage haunting film with cheap special effects—it’s got a point to make about wraiths and letting go and being a leader rather than a follower, and it does it all successfully within the boundaries it is given. If you can’t stand Lifetime movies, stay far away.

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  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★★★

    Perfect. I love every shot, every choice—this goes places I didn’t expect and then veers off from those to even darker realms. The characters are really well developed and the crisis is allowed to develop with significant tension that builds to a dramatic climax. There is ample symbolism and plenty of really cool shots. There is a thoroughly gruesome eye-stabbing sequence—that eye stuff gets me every time, I should make a list. 

    This film (as were several of my previously…

  • Holmes & Watson

    Holmes & Watson

    This film started off alright, but after the initial trial scene everything about the film goes downhill at a terrific pace. Everyone involved had to have known that this sucked. It’s absolutely fascinating how bad this film is. The jokes are as stale as a seven-year-old jar of urine.  

    They try nobly to save things towards the end with a comical musical montage that gave me my only real laugh, but it’s a late hail mary pass with no hope of averting the loss. The actual climax is painful to watch and I want it destroyed.