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  • On the Count of Three

    ★★★½

  • Summertime

    ★★★½

  • The Nowhere Inn

    ★★★

  • Emergency

    ★★★

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  • On the Count of Three

    On the Count of Three

    ★★★½

    A very assured directorial debut. I really enjoyed this a lot, mostly due to the performances by Christopher Abbott and Jerrod Carmichael. I do think the ending was a little lackluster, but on the whole the frank conversations they have, besides being remarkably funny, are endlessly thought-provoking as well. I love the way it tackles head-on such taboo subject matter. A strong supporting cast as well with JB Smoove (in the first dramatic turn I've seen from him), Henry Winkler,…

  • Summertime

    Summertime

    ★★★½

    Not perfect, and there are a lot of sections that aren't as well written as others, but by the end, this really touched something in me. Made me cry more than once and that last monologue was very deep. A beautiful ode to the City of Angels that does an interesting, spoken word spin on Linklater's walking/talking genre (Slacker, Waking Life). Sort of like a musical as well, and the music that is in this is a lot of fun to listen to. A guaranteed mood booster. Carlos López Estrada is 3 for 3, though Raya was more on the iffy side

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    scavenger hunt 52

    task 15: a film you think would be PERFECT to see at a drive-in theater.

    "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" is definitely a Quentin Tarantino picture, and it doesn't let you forget it by the end. Be that as it may, it's safe to call it the most un-Tarantino-esque work in his eclectic filmography. It's stylized, but there aren't whip zooms. It's violent, but easily his least violent film. The film is not driven by character…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★½

    On second thought...

    First two thirds: almost a slog, derivative, predictable, by the numbers, gorgeous score, nice cinematography, great Joaquin Phoenix

    Last act: pretty gripping, great musical choices, operatic, grandiose, extravagant, ballsy, great Joaquin Phoenix

    "Joker" is good, not great