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  • Time After Time

    Time After Time

    ★★★

    I'm disappointed to be giving this only three stars because there's so much about it that I like. I love the concept and Malcolm MacDowell is perfect as HG Wells. Unfortunately, too much of the film feels like missed opportunity. The fish out of water jokes are exactly as tired as you'd expect (though Wells referring to McDonald's as "that Scottish establishment" did make me laugh). The real problem though is turning this into a love story instead of the…

  • Empire of Passion

    Empire of Passion

    ★★★★½

    Guilty conscience horror isn't exactly groundbreaking, but Empire of Passion does it right. The cinematography is especially good. There's a shot where the haunted rickshaw approaches in the fog that can almost sum up the movie on its own.

    I also enjoyed that there was a 100% reduction in dick shots compared to In the Realm of the Senses

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    What a mess. Rian Johnson has claimed he had near total freedom on The Last Jedi. I sincerely hope that's not true. If it is then I've overestimated him as a film maker.

    I'll get into spoilers a bit lower down but first a few non-spoiler thoughts. In terms of the three Disney Wars to date, this ranks squarely in the middle. Not nearly as bad as Rogue One but quite a bit below The Force Awakens.

    My hope had…

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★½

    This is the type of movie that, unfortunately, almost never gets made these days. It's a brilliant exercise in the slow burn, in cinematography, in acting, and in the creation of a tangible world.

    Robert Eggers has cited The Shining as an inspiration for The Witch. While this film isn't quite as successful, the influence is definitely there in the best possible way. Both films build their tension slowly, infuse every scene with a sense of wrongness, and earn their…