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  • Out of Sight

    Out of Sight

    ★★★★

    - Soderbergh is one of contemporary cinemas great technical experimenters, yet his experimental films often come across as tourist works in that they seem little more than actual experiments, after which Soderbergh will likely just move on to a different experiment. For example, I appreciate his 2 recent iPhone-shot movies, but the movies themselves are mediocre, and I find myself simply wishing they were shot on an actual film camera. Compare them, for instance, to Sean Baker’s movie shot on…

  • Troll 2

    Troll 2

    Joshua: What are you gonna do to me daddy?
    Michael: I'm tightening my belt by one loop so I don't feel the hunger pains! Your mother and sister will have to do likewise!

    Comedy masterpiece.


    Also we learn that vegetables and vegetarians are both thoroughly evil.

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    Leonard Maltin wasn’t kidding when he called Into the Spiderverse “the most spectacular animated feature” he’s ever seen! I finally saw it, and it is truly incredible, an exhilarating experience. A true achievement for the medium, for the genre, for film in general. I’m not joking! It is the best Spider-Man movie, without a doubt in my mind, for the way it depicts the idea at the heart of the Spider-Man comics of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko: that Spider-Man…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    Is “art film” The Lighthouse — which appears to be made with the art house theater in mind, not mall theaters — actually a crowd pleaser? It seems it may be!

    I loved The Lighthouse. Not that this proclamation will come as a surprise to anyone who follows my film writing. I loved writer/director Robert Eggers’s last film, the Calvinist/Colonial America/New England folktale/supernatural horror picture The Witch, and I enjoy Eggers’s well-written, well-read, well-researched, extremely technically minded approach to filmmaking…