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  • It's Complicated

    It's Complicated

    ★½

    Yeah, no... This is pretty rough... The characters don’t make sense and the writing is so funky it makes the performances super awkward. Nice locations again, but shot kind of boringly. 
    Also, waaay too long.
    Also, when and how did Baldwin go from nauseating like here to fairly pleasant today?

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★

    Kind of spectacular all around. Really enjoyed the cinematography and the sections that truly play like action musicals when the sound and dialogue goes out. The fights are visceral yet still stylish, well shot and choreographed.
    The Paris driving is completely insane.
    Sometimes things look a little too nice or pushed just a tad too far and you notice the CG.
    Cruise is a mad man, obviously, but we can all just hope that he continues to make these to infinity.

  • The Holiday

    The Holiday

    ★★

    Least favorite Nancy so far. There are just no stakes whatsoever and the characters are not that interesting. I cared more about the LA side but feels like there is less of it. 
    Some good moments but drags for me.

  • Something's Gotta Give

    Something's Gotta Give

    ★★★

    Well done, but maybe slightly overlong to really keep me engaged. The two of them are great together. Really enjoyed up until the city, really. Starts to drag a bit at that point.

    Loved Keanu and Francis McDormand.

  • Thoroughbreds

    Thoroughbreds

    ★★★★

    Pretty lean and with great direction. 
    Anton Yelchin is perfect in it, such a bummer... 
    Two leads are also great together. Very disturbing.

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★

    Yup, the Tarantino similarities are obvious in scenery, eruptions of violence and outlaw characters. But the writing and direction is not quite on that level. 
    I like the backgrounds we get for the characters, the performances and music. 
    Pity the concept of the border hotel doesn’t really amount to anything at all. It’s just a quirk. It’s the hotel’s “blender”.

  • Three Identical Strangers

    Three Identical Strangers

    ★★★

    Insane tale, but didn't love the storytelling. Not particularly exciting on that front. Has a few interesting techniques, but looses most of it towards the middle. Often a bit heavy handed or spelled-out, like repeating things we just saw and can perfectly put together ourselves.

    The Parent Trap: A True Story?

  • What Women Want

    What Women Want

    ★★

    Pretty silly. Best part was probably seeing younger versions of some of these actors. 
    And the music, of course.

  • Searching

    Searching

    ★★★½

    Not sure how I feel about the ending, but hit surprisingly hard at different points throughout and uses the format really well.

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★

    So insanely beautiful to watch on the big screen. The colors and whole aesthetic is so pleasing. 
    All of the flights are tense as hell. Grip your seat and stop breathing tense. 

    Not sure how well it will translate to the small screen. It takes its time to build relationships and makes the emotional moments count though. Gosling also grows into the performance. 
    Would rewatch.

  • The Kindergarten Teacher

    The Kindergarten Teacher

    ★★★½

    Pretty affective thematically but the plot is a bit rough to go along with. Bit like watching a slow motion train wreck. But the frustration and desire for artistic purpose and achievement is  interesting.

  • The Parent Trap

    The Parent Trap

    ★★★½

    Strong Peanuts vibe at the beginning. Pity it lost that for the most part. 
    Don’t think I ever saw this entirely, but so many famous moments made it very familiar. 
    Pretty silly but in the right ways. Aged well. 
    Supporting cast is stellar.