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  • In The Heights

    In The Heights

    ★★½

    First watch
    2021

    The music and dance numbers range from funny and catchy to dull and boring. And the movie seems to focus first on being a musical and then on telling a compelling story. It seems like they mapped out a set of dance numbers and then constructed the film around those. One of the reasons why I liked La La Land so much was that it felt like a movie first and then a musical. And the dance numbers weren't just a vehicle to exposition, which is the case for some of the scenes in this movie.

    41 / 100

  • Cure

    Cure

    ★★★

    First watch
    1997

    The deliberate slow-pace and hyper-objective framing work both for and against the film. It underscores the point of a scene or action by stylizing some scenes as a juxtaposition. This is very effective and creates a truly unsettling atmosphere. It also makes the experience as a whole somewhat dull and boring.

    57 / 100

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  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    Those Who Wish Me Dead

    ★★★

    First watch
    2021

    It loses steam really quickly. The set-up is actually super engaging and the direction of the first act is surprisingly great. I think it drags on because the plot and characters are kind of slugging through the film and is not able to really explore much. Wanted more.

    54 / 100

  • Natural Born Killers

    Natural Born Killers

    ★½

    First watch
    Blu-Ray
    Thriller, Crime, Drama
    RT: 47% - 5.7/10
    MC: 7.4/10
    LB: 7.0/10 - 8/10
    8mm, 16mm, 35mm - Spherical, Super 8 - 1.85:1

    This felt like a Terry Gilliam film, which is a director I just don't get either. The frantic editing and direction did nothing for me. It has basically no narrative and I just couldn't get engaged. I don't think the film looks particularly good either, and that's despite Robert Richardson's cinematography. The occurrence of stock…