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  • The Rescue

    The Rescue

    ★½

    Disney Studios group pitch, 1985:

    Head of development: So Rambo: First Blood Part II and The Goonies are kicking our butts at the box office. Anyone with an idea to counter this?

    Bean counter: Let's combine the two but take any of the enjoyment or excitement of those two?

    Head of development: Sold!

    Three years later...

    (Former) head of development: I should have rejected that pitch.

  • The Present

    The Present

    ★★★★½

    2021 Oscar nominated live-action shorts:

    The Present: 9/10
    Feeling Through: 7/10
    Two Distant Strangers: 3/10
    White Eye: 5/10
    The Letter Room: 8/10

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  • Bad Samaritan

    Bad Samaritan

    ½

    The worst movie of the summer so far. This cheap-looking film seems to exist for the sole reason of appealing to fans of David Tennant (who is ridiculously unbelievable as a "genius" serial killer). The film starts as a ripoff of Don't Breathe before devolving into every 2000's straight-to-DVD thriller. The premise makes little sense, the characters are flat, and because the director self-financed and distributed the film, it also runs 20 minutes too long.

    This film should have rotted in the lower bowels of VOD, not opened in 2,000 theatres over a far better film could have filled that auditorium this showed up in.

  • The Disaster Artist

    The Disaster Artist

    ½

    A dreadful adaptation of Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell's excellent book, designed solely to fuel the ego of one James Franco. So much is changed from the book, to the point where simple details are inaccurate (example: the sequence with Bryan Cranston happened with another person completely and the figure was Janusz Kaminski). The acting is actually worse than in The Room and the screenplay is what you'd expect from a pair of hack writers (this seriously was nominated for…