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  • Christmas in July

    Christmas in July

    ★★★★½

    - Structurally, this movie is one long 67 minute gag where you see the punchline coming miles before it hits you. But I get so wrapped in Jimmy’s joy and gratitude and disappointment that the ending managed to catch me by surprise AGAIN.

    - One of the things that I found most interesting is when Jimmy’s boss reveals why external validation is so important because it touches on the epistemology of aesthetic value. Basically, he goes something like “I think…

  • Mistress America

    Mistress America

    ★★★★★

    Baumbach and Gerwig have this strange and curious ability to make self-absorbed and privileged young white women seem like sympathethic and relatable human beings.

    [srsly though, this may be my favourite comedy of the decade. it's fucking pitch perfect]

    [also, i hate how the movie Pitch Perfect makes me self-conscious about using the phrase 'pitch perfect' now]

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  • Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

    Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

    ★★★½

    "I think comedy movies today, especially American ones, have totally lost their way. I don't hate the jokes or the actors or the dialogue or the story, though there's plenty of issues there. My real qualm is that the filmmaking [the use of picture and sound] to deliver jokes is just [cut to Scott Pilgrim saying "Boooooring"].... These movies aren't movies. They're lightly edited improv where everyone stands still and talks at each other in close-up. Almost none of their…

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★

    I caught Tony Zhou raving about this film on Twitter several months ago which was enough to get me very excited so I treated this like any other intriguing non-tentpole film I usually want to see and avoided all trailers, reviews and discussion. All I knew going in was that it was Eggers' debut film and that it was probably a horror.

    And now that I've finally watched it? It was definitely a mistake not to have read a couple…