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  • The Third Man

    The Third Man

    ★★★

    It was alright.

    Had some nice shots of the city. There's that iconic ferris wheel scene.

    Honestly I was on my phone and barely paying any attention to it. I feel like the fact that I didn't feel at all drawn to pay attention is a bit condemning. But maybe I was just in the wrong headspace for it.

    Didn't feature any group sex involving three or more men. Very misleading.

  • Black Narcissus

    Black Narcissus

    ★★★★★

    Fuckin rad!

    At first I wasn't really feeling it. Like it was kinda pretty and reasonably well shot. It was cute seeing something other than a scifi get really into miniatures and matte paintings. I mean the matte paintings especially are actually beautiful. But beyond the occasional thing like that it didn't seem like anything to write home about. It was kinda dull and uninteresting. The brownface is a bad look. Like I really wasn't getting why people seemed so…

  • East of Eden

    East of Eden

    ★★

    It was alright.

    I'm not generally wild about period pieces especially when they really lean into being all like hey let's talk about the technology of the time and have our characters talking about the future in a way that's clearly informed by us writing them from the perspective of their future (which this really is).

    Cool that one of the main characters is a woman that owns a brothel. Bummer that her owning a brothel is viewed as some horrible moral failing by almost everyone and that judgement is never REALLY disputed.

    Rebel Without a Cause was gayer.

  • Vivarium

    Vivarium

    ★★★

    Not too much happens that you don't get just from the trailer and imo a lot of the weirdness is more annoying or off putting than scary or intriguing.

    It's also just such an untimely movie. Like it would have been rad 20+ years ago. I feel like as a society we've moved on from being like "The suburbs and nuclear family are fucked" to "Wouldn't the option of a picket fence be nice? Oh well nobody can afford that…

  • Hollow Man

    Hollow Man

    ★★½

    In theory I'm super on board for a horny and not too scary horror movie about an invisible boy, but it just didn't do it for me.

  • Hello Down There

    Hello Down There

    ★★★★

    Groovy.

    It's not like super hilarious or exciting, but I was into it. It was some totally inoffensive standard 60s fare. It's a very laid back watch.

  • Bloodshot

    Bloodshot

    ★★★

    It was not great, but if you want a dumb mid tier action flick then this a totally fine thing. It was impressive how much it didn't feel like a comic book superhero movie (or at least not the kind that they make these days). It was kinda just standard present day scifi military boy stuff. The cgi heavy elevator fight at the end had some pretty rad shots.

    Never read much Bloodshot, but I was really into Valiant comics as a kid. Lookin forward to that maybe no longer related Harbingers movie.

  • The Haunting

    The Haunting

    ★★★

    It was alright. Like it wasn't great. I wouldn't recommend it. It was fine though.

    It starts out seeming like it's gonna lean hard into explicit gayness, but stuff with Catherine Zeta-Jones never really goes anywhere after she's first introduced. Which is a little disappointing.

    I guess it departs more from the book than the 60s version, but it's at least like similar ish. The netflix incarnation is a completely different thing.

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★

    I dunno I just wasn't really feelin it. It was very stilted (which is sometimes fine when it's supposed to be uncomfortable and tense, but like she's got zero chemistry with her friends). It was alright though.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★★

    I really liked The Last Jedi (I know that's divisive or whatever). I wasn't too into TLJ's sense of humor (I mean I was very into its willingness to make fun of itself, but I just didn't think most of it landed for me personally). I really loved it as a whole though. So it's kinda a bummer how wholeheartedly this one commits itself to just being like a rejecting of The Last Jedi.

    But anyways I was coming down…

  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★★★½

    I 100% understand people disliking everything from this era of Terrence Malick's work and I'm not even sure that I'd wanna sit down and watch one of them from start to finish with my full undivided attention (though I guess I somehow did that with Knight of Cups and enjoyed it).

    There's no real story. Even the characters are flimsily defined. They just wander around each other untethered from time and saying meaningless things in hushed tones that are intended…

  • The Queen

    The Queen

    ★★★½

    It's alright. I'm not one of those trans girls that finds drag inherently super offputting and I thought the people featured in it were cool and likeable. Despite the short length it still manages to drag though. There isn't much in the way of interviews or even content. A lot of it is shots where nothing in particular is happening or people are talking over one another about again nothing of particular importance. I could see this being an intentional choice and it certainly contributes to the natural vibe of the thing, but doesn't make much of it very interesting. Still. It's a neat time capsule.