• Scarface

    Scarface

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    This was so close. SO. CLOSE. To being a perfect movie. The rise, the fall, the arc, the finale... it's really something else. For all the gangster movies of this era this takes the cake in terms of its intensity, its scale, and its drama.

    But bro. What in the FUCK was up with that sound mixing!?!? Why are we dropping to total silence with zero room sound in some of these scenes!?!??! BRIAN. You are a professional movie maker,…

  • Galaxy Quest

    Galaxy Quest

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    pretty funny. more than a little convoluted and silly. the cast is stacked but their characters are mid as a result of overcrowding. but that's also exactly accurate to how sci-fi and sci-fi fandom is. Mission Accomplished.

  • On the Beach at Night Alone

    On the Beach at Night Alone

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    The best-shot Hong I've seen to date and the first one to have an entirely front-to-back storyline, without any resets or alternate outcomes. It feels fitting for a film drawn so directly out of the personal experiences of Kim Min-hee and Hong Sang-soo, and the very public fallout of their affair, for time to only move forward. The absence of opportunity to right the regrettable wrongs done in one's past produces permanent scars that shape our becoming into the future.…

  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

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    This is really sweet and funny and the most pleased I've been with a new IP from a big animation studio in a minute. There's a lot to love and I could go on about it but two completely unrelated things have stood out to me the most:

    1. I'm intrigued by this new style of hybrid 3D and 2D animation from Sony where the primary form of everything is modeled in 3D, then supplemented with overlaying 2D elements for…

  • Boy & the World

    Boy & the World

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    baseline 3 stars for this INSANE experimental animation style and bonus points for:

    -how hard this foley artist went
    -the whole visual language and color coding of nature/people/technology/the state throughout the film
    -the politically charged climax "twist" that shook me
    -perfectly capturing the intersubjective and alinguistic way music attaches to memory.

    shoutout Elijah for the banger

  • Fargo

    Fargo

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    was alright but it kinda feels carried by the fact that it actually happened? i was aware of the climax before it happened which might have taken some of the *oomph* out of it for me, but stylistically this seemed very tame for the Coens compared to something like Raising Arizona or The Big Lebowski.

    this might be a hot take but i also think i like Martin Freeman's version of Jerry/Lester better.

  • Speed

    Speed

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    Keanu is hot enough in Speed (1994) to excuse his bad acting in Speed (1994).

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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    hugely popular and yet still somehow supremely underrated.

  • Mank

    Mank

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    held my interest for 88 minutes. the script is ok and i'm sure this is fun for the giganerds to pick apart but this is simply not for me, sorry.

    what the heck is up with the lighting, or rather the complete and utter lack thereof? i feel like i'm receiving 40% of the intended visual information. either that or it was not intended for me to be receiving this movie visually in the first place.

    EDIT : ok i…

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

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    "That day at the speech. I watched you. I remember thinking to myself 'either this guy deserves an Academy Award, or he really believes this shit.'"

    Incredibly well shot and directed. Plus it isn't trying to sell me some half baked moral victory (looking at you, Chicago 7). By far the superior historical fiction film of the season, even if I'm sure this has its own historical accuracy shenanigans like Fred Hampton not looking 21 whatsoever. I hope this does well so more people watch it!

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

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    "This is the Academy Awards of protests and as far as I'm concerned, it's an honor just to be nominated."

    Honestly? Pretty well written and engaging all throughout, even if it's (more than) a bit reductive and centrist. Gives me limited series vibes and almost think it could have been better suited to that format, though the cast would have probably been way inferior had that been the case.

    I'm conflicted overall because this is definitely not a *great* movie…

  • After Hours

    After Hours

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    me after i get the vaccine and move to nyc probably