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  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Sugar
  • Room
  • Take Shelter

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  • Dune

    ★½

  • Oz the Great and Powerful

    ★★★★½

  • The Wizard of Oz

    ★★★★

  • It's Murder!

    ★★

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  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★★★

    2019 Ranked
    MCU Ranked

    Watched with commentary by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck. While not as great as their HALF NELSON commentary, this one was still very good and gave some fair insight into making the film, especially in regards to how much thought they put into the visualization, their aesthetic choices and how they fit the story, and it’s so refreshing to see directors on an MCU joint who clearly care about this kind of stuff when so many directors…

  • Love Liza

    Love Liza

    ★★★★★

    A truthful, deeply felt depiction of grief, and powerfully melancholic in ways akin to HALF NELSON, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, and SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (also starring Philip Seymour Hoffman; may he continue to Rest In Peace) — all films I very much adore. Never once manipulative nor maudlin, instead having full trust in the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman — who is phenomenal in this; one of his absolute best performances, if not his best period — to bring Wilson…

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★½

    2021 Ranked

    Sure, it’s grand in scope and has some impressive set design, but that doesn’t really cut it when this is otherwise a thoroughly vapid, insufferably po-faced expository slog mostly void of human emotion, carries an incredibly obnoxious Hans Zimmer score that borders on parody (safe to say that Christopher Nolan made the right call in ditching him for Ludwig Göransson as his go-to composer for Oppenheimer), and both lit and graded to absolute shit, even ruining the solid…

  • Oz the Great and Powerful

    Oz the Great and Powerful

    ★★★★½

    2013 was quite an interesting year for Disney, in that they gave $200M+ to two weirdos — Sam Raimi and Gore Verbinski — to go wild with IP-based tentpoles that are inspired by more classical media. However, whereas THE LONE RANGER was Verbinski making a refreshingly old-fashioned western with Buster Keaton influences, Oz the Great and Powerful is essentially Raimi doing Army of Darkness again, but in the form of a $200 million budgeted, CGI-heavy Disney tentpole targeted at children…

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  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    ★½

    Remember when musicals used to be made by directors who knew how to shoot and stage them?

    Looks and feels far too artificial for it to work, as it is so easy to tell what was shot on location and what was shot on soundstage. It doesn’t help that the narrative and characters are already incredibly shallow in execution and the emotional beats are manufactured and unearned, but it doesn’t work as a musical either, given both the inept staging…

  • Malcolm & Marie

    Malcolm & Marie

    Sam Levinson directly to jail.

    It’s painfully obvious from the getgo that Levinson got ridiculously offended by one negative review for Assassination Nation (a film that, despite its many flaws, I found to be a relatively enjoyable work of genre schlock), so much that he made a student film with dialogue that feels like it were written by an Aaron Sorkin-wannabe and made John David Washingnton’s character a stand-in for himself, and that alone creates the problem of thinking he is…