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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★½

    It's only been a couple days and I'm already liking it less than I already did. Feels like Kaufman's laziest exploration of his favorite pet themes (identity, memory, mortality, lonely and depressed guys in general) with a half-assed The Usual Suspects conceit.

    I think part of my issue with Kaufman between this and Synecdoche is they lack the emotional complexity and three-dimensional vitality of his earlier screenplays (which is also in Anomalisa for a bit, though I want to note…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★½

    I think Kaufman may be better served with taking a leave of sorts, allowing some separation between himself and and the industry that he seems at this point to loathe if all the jabs at Hollywood are anything to go off (the Zemeckis joke was the biggest eye-roll I've had in a while). We get it, Charlie, you think anything other than abject hopelessness is a falsehood humans tell themselves to feel better.

    Perhaps I was never an out-and-out Kaufman…

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  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★½

    So this acquaintance on Facebook shared a meme about how Tobey Maguire was a bad Spider-Man and the Raimi films have aged poorly, I commented how I felt Spider-Man 2 is better than every other Marvel film. Apparently that struck a nerve and they blocked me. Worth it as far as I'm concerned, Spider-Man 2 is too damn good for that kind of disrespect.

  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★½

    A lot of superhero sequels look to raise the stakes, broaden their scope, and arbitrarily force their characters to act miserable just for the sake of pretending it's The Empire Strikes Back or The Dark Knight. Sam Raimi waited until the third film to do that, and instead made what is arguably the standard by which all subsequent superhero films are held. Almost everything in this film is a consequence of the first: Peter taking on the duty of being…