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  • Brightburn

    Brightburn

    At one point, during the film’s final act, Elizabeth Banks is seen using an iPhone 4 (4S?) in what’s presumably the year 2019... I know it’s a nitpicky and trivial thing to point out but imo it was the straw that broke this already bruised and bloody camel’s back.

    Most people agree that the premise is interesting. I kinda do, too! But for a movie that presents itself as a subversive piece of storytelling, how it falls into such obvious…

  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★★½

    My guy Jake Gyllenhaal once again absolutely bodying whatever script you put in front of him. Minus a couple of hiccups here and there, we’re gonna have to discuss this guy’s run. 

    I think I’ve reached a point with the MCU where going forward, I’m just gonna find a performance or two and a sequence I enjoy and leave it at that. Just feel like if you stare at (or think about) these films for too long, a lot of it starts to crumble and confuse you.

    So with that being said: Jake. Gyllenhaal. And the “🤷🏻‍♂️” scene.

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  • Overlord

    Overlord

    ★★½

    “Yeah... well, friends die.”

    How do you cast a guy like Wyatt Russell and decide to completely strip him of any charm?!

    After a pretty tense and well-done opening sequence, this movie can’t decide what it wants to be; straight-up war film? Body horror? The overuse of jump scares is laughable. You already have an interesting concept with the disfigured people, why not rely on dread and tension building?

    The third act is literally a comic-book movie, complete with a lazily drawn (and unnecessary?) villain and fight sequence. 

    Poorly drawn characters, awful dialogue, inexplicable decisions/motives... skip this.

  • Three Identical Strangers

    Three Identical Strangers

    ★★★★

    Thoroughly enjoyed this very well-made documentary. Felt like the filmmakers were conscious of how painful this subject matter would be not just for the audience but especially for the film’s subjects, so they handled it with restraint. Conspiracy/ cover-up stories can be extremely exploitative but Three Identical Strangers didn’t feel at all voyeuristic. 

    I did sort of feel like there was a missed opportunity to delve deeper into the adoption agency and research firm but I understand that key figures…