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  • Death Proof

    Death Proof

    ★★★★★

    It’s difficult to evaluate Grindhouse 10 years on. Beyond the nostalgic clouding of it being the first R-rated film I saw in theaters, it today presents an impossible quandary to me...half a masterpiece and half unwatchable, an experiment I respect that often totally fails, and a clear-eyed condemnation of Hollywood sex abuse that is also an exploitation film with Harvey Weinstein’s fingers all over it. In the spirit of its structure, Grindhouse is often two things.

    Planet Terror, my favorite…

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    ★★★★★

    Strictly superlative to me, always teetering on being my favorite film, fortunately too long and wounding to watch every day. My favorite Spielberg. My favorite Kaminski. My favorite child performance. The most personally affecting screenplay, though I'll gladly admit its flaws (its structure is...loose! and the verbiage in the first act especially is often questionable). Everything wrong with the screenplay, though, is countered by 50 idiosyncratic beauties made possible only by the same unfiltered quality that allows the flaws to…

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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★

    A good movie with a bad script? A somewhat poor movie that happens to be directed by the greatest director who ever lived? It's not Spielberg's Starship Troopers, as easily as it could have been, and it's not A.I. 2: NPC, though Halliday's curious sentience and bedroom denouement has been drumming in my mind since release day. Despite a meaty premise, it's depressing only by accident (even beyond its gradeschool dystopics, auteurists can be haunted by the thought of what…

  • Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody?

    Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody?

    "Take three!"

    Doesn't seem like much more than a premise (great premise though it is, I've wanted to see this for awhile because the title percolates to mind with frequency), but John C. Reilly's facial reactions make this into art

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  • Lords of Chaos

    Lords of Chaos

    ★½

    Big no from Andy Baughman! I need to learn to stay away from movies when people describe them as "the Goodfellas of _____". This is "the I, Tonya of other stuff that needs a different tone"

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★

    Uuuhhhh wrong number!