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  • Mary Poppins Returns

    Mary Poppins Returns

    ★★

    Oh boy did this not work for me. I figured I'd watch some Disney on Netflix before they all fly away to Disney+, and I expected this film to be an easy, fun movie with little substance. Well, it was a chore to get through by the end, it was not a very fun experience, and it has little substance.

    Mary Poppins Returns is mostly too corny. This seems fine for a kids' movie; I probably would have been into…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★

    Perhaps a tad bit on the overrated side, but this is nonetheless quite a creative visual accomplishment at the very least. I regret not seeing this in the theater as it got pushed down in my priorities in the busy pre-Oscars season. The style is different from anything I've ever seen, and it sustains a weird manic energy in a way I haven't seen since the Japanese film Paprika. New York is rendered so beautifully that I felt pangs of…

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  • Battle Royale

    Battle Royale

    ★★★★

    I had a roommate in college that was obsessed with this movie so I'd seen quite a bit of it in pieces, but this is the first time I watched all the way through from beginning to end.

    Going back even further, when I first heard about this movie not long after it came out, I assumed that it is a horror movie. It is not. I would characterize it as a war movie or survival movie with plenty of…

  • Wiener-Dog

    Wiener-Dog

    ★★★★

    Q&A after the film with Todd Solondz, Ellen Burstyn, Keaton Nigel Cooke (the kid in the movie), and Michael Shaw.

    Memorable things Todd Solondz said:

    "This is a dog movie, but it's not about a dog. It's about mortality."
    "My movies aren't for everyone. Especially the people who like them."

    If you're looking for a cute, heartwarming dog movie, this is not it. The humor is twisted, but personally, it made me laugh out loud many times throughout...though punctuated by…