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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    ★★½

    A ship full of zombie Harryhausen pirates is incredible. Why were they not always zombie Harryhausen pirates? I was let down by this.

    The rest of it just isn't for me, I got teenage boy aesthetic vibes. Verbinski is perfect for this so it does look fantastic, and they are out on the water which is a plus where I sit.

    I can recognize this is better than anyone would have any right to expect, but I also don't think…

  • Il Posto

    Il Posto

    ★★★★

    Domenico's diner order: spaghetti with butter, eggs, and orange soda. To be fair his choices were few.

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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★½

    Stunned at how bad this was and how much time was spent litigating why Baby has earbuds in his ears and "wutzzee lissenin to?!" over and over and over and over WHY ARE WE NOT IN A FUCKING CAR HAVING A CAR CHASE.

    This was a *bad* movie. Bad.

    The characters were non-existent, and not in the way that an action movie will give blank slates to project onto, or simply rely on a classic "type" and the audience fills…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★

    Truthfully, I get some of the skepticism and frustration with Aster's style. It often feels, in the moment, superfluous or counter-productive. I admit to finding it obnoxious in places here and in Hereditary.

    In this, however, I think it more instructive to look at it as a whole—he's hypnotizing the audience, the length and the pace and camera floating are a drawn out lull. I don't think it is particularly illuminating fussing that much photographically (at least Aster's version), but…