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  • Sweet Smell of Success

    Sweet Smell of Success

    ★★★★½

    - Warning for people who haven't seen it yet: Make sure to put some gloves on your ears before you watch because the dialogue here is really sharp. Please be careful.

    - Reminds me a lot of UnReal in how it portrays manipulation as an absolutely despicable act. Like I watch movies where people get murdered all the time but some of the skeevy shit in here really made me wince. Is it the self-serving nature of it that makes…

  • 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…

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  • Hidden Figures

    Hidden Figures

    ★½

    Don’t know if someone’s done this already but here’s a brief fact check on some of the stuff in this movie. [Possible point of importance: the movie’s main story begins at the beginning of the 1960s]

    - Jim Parsons and Kirsten Dunst are entirely fictional characters with Costner being a composite of three different people.

    - No-one ever mistook Katherine Johnson for a janitor

    - Katherine Johnson never ran across the campus to use the ‘colored’ bathroom. Not knowing the…

  • 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…