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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★

    Yes, I was one of those "I couldnt figure out what they were saying" people the first time I attempted this.

  • The Meddler

    The Meddler

    ★★★½

    Honestly, pretty adorable and surprisingly emotional. There aren't a lot of "watch with mom and dad" movies that aren't some sort of personal sacrifice of your time.

  • Tower

    Tower

    ★★★½

    The rotoscope/hidden future selves technique makes the unfolding of the story seem much more urgent and immediate, like its fresh news. The downside though, is withholding the 'real' versions make the final 20 minutes feel tacked on to fit a desired runtime.

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    ★★★★

    A jump on rewatch just sizeable enough that I might give Dogtooth another chance one day.

  • A Balloon For Ben

    A Balloon For Ben

    GIF review

    imgur.com/kEIqxYZ

  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation

    ★★★

    When a movie gets early "masterpiece" buzz and then gets upended by a controversy, I'm probably going to be very curious eventually, even if that experience turns out to be a bad idea. I can't tell anyone else whether or not they can or should separate art from artist, and to be honest, I have not looked into the allegations in great detail.

    Anyhow:

    For the most part, it's a very nice looking and well acted film, but uneven in…

  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar!

    ★★★★★

    I'm certain this will rise on peoples' Coen rankings with rewatches.

  • The Wrong Guy

    The Wrong Guy

    ★★★★½

    If you're a Kids in the Hall fan and you have not seen this, there is something wrong with you. Dave Foley put this small comedy gem together with Jay Kogen, one of the very best Simpsons writers in their entire run, and it has some of the the best sensibilities of both.

    It's on youtube in full:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fab89eIgswc

  • Operation Avalanche

    Operation Avalanche

    ★★★

    I was entertained as I enjoy Matt Johnson as a personality, but with that in mind, it was much harder to get into this one as a story for me than The Dirties or Nirvana The Band The Show, because at all times it just feels like playing dressup.

  • Dick Tracy

    Dick Tracy

    ★★★★★

    I've seen this once every few years since I was 11. And it was never good.

    I don't know what was clicking this time, but suddenly this clicked.

  • The BFG

    The BFG

    ★★★½

    The Beta-Friendly Girl

    This story isn't particularly screen friendly, as like Hitchhikers Guide it's jumping between little "episodes" that aren't action-driven and thus makes the whole thing feel pretty long. Speilberg does about as well as I could expect with this in mind, and as off-putting as I found the design when it hit theaters (which is why I skipped it), Rylance's performance is actually very strong, dare I say "cute", which is why I'll go back to this one.

  • Accepted

    Accepted

    ★★½

    I'd say this was the least plausible college comedy of all time, but I forgot about Trump University.