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  • Dead Poets Society

    ★★★½

  • The Fortune

    ★★★

  • Death Feud

    ★★½

  • The Bees

    ★★★

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  • Dead Poets Society

    Dead Poets Society

    ★★★½

    JB’s review: 7/10
    “Interesting to see Robin Williams in a serious role.”

    Not much to say really. Peak 90’s grandstanding drama but extremely heartfelt. Surprisingly positive masculinity in general, and Robin Williams comes through as just the nicest person who ever lived.

    I can see it being criticized for its closed view on education and authority. Revolutionary talk is easy and abundantly ignorant in such a thick bubble.

    But along the same lines, the film actually does a great job,…

  • The Fortune

    The Fortune

    ★★★

    Man, Jack Nicholson just makes everything better. He knows exactly how to make a fool of himself without being obnoxious. And Warren Beatty is the perfect studly counterpart. According to my dad, “He was the schniz back in the day”, and that’s all you need to know about that. Channing has no problem carving out her own place as well. 

    The Fortune is an entirely unimposing comedy but not insignificant. Mike Nichols seems to enjoy pulling jokes from performances over script and he does a fine job here.

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  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★

    “GRRR!”: The Movie! It’s interesting to see a director’s ambition with an unreasonably large budget, and Eggers’ is certainly present. 

    But The Northman is so unwaveringly angry…I understand the way that works thematically, but in a well-worn story it’s a bit tiring to me, even after the plot settles in. Consider too that instead of characters who seek to avoid their fate, Amleth abides by it, so we’re waiting for a final “fateful” moment from the start.

    What I love…

  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★½

    The Piano Teacher, above its obscenity and violence and sexual taboos, is a bitter film. Haneke refuses to answer who has hurt whom more by the cold end credits, and to what degree they enjoyed the pain.

    For all the movie's disgust and discomfort, Berger's static photography and long takes are absolutely hypnotizing. The camera is just as impassive and restrained as Erika, which, thanks to Isabelle Huppert, is the most disturbing (and disturbed) character I've ever encountered, so desperate…