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  • The Death of Dick Long

    The Death of Dick Long

    ★★★½

    I rather dug this low-key, Fargo-esque, crime dramedy about a pair of bumbling idiots trying to cover up their involvement in their friend’s death. However, the filmmakers make an problematic choice by withholding the actual cause of death until late in the film. It leaves you guessing at the characters’ motivations and thought processes in a way that doesn’t further the story, and risks turning the whole film into a sick black humor punchline that undercuts the actual drama.

  • LEGO DC: Batman - Family Matters

    LEGO DC: Batman - Family Matters

    ★★½

    Uninspired, but a fun enough romp for my son. I do like that these LEGO DC films dig into some esoteric DC arcana, requiring me to explain to my son stuff like the distinction between Batwoman and Batgirl, Jason Todd/Red Hood, Damian/Robin, and what the heck is an OMAC and a Brother Eye. Still, nothing compared to an episode of the old Brave and the Bold or Justice League Unlimited cartoon

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  • The Perfection

    The Perfection

    ★★½

    I am genuinely uncertain whether what I just watched was terrible terrible, or hilariously awesomely terrible. And I'm not sure if the director and cast know either. But I wasn't bored.

    I attended a screening with a Q&A from director Richard Shepard and stars Alison Williams and Logan Browning, and Shepard said the film was shot in 24 days, cheap and fast, from an idea he developed himself for Williams, and that seems about right. Shepard also said his inspiration…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★

    This was so my jam. Dafoe invoking florid and elaborate maritime curses upon Pattinson for the latter’s denial of his epicurean skills with crustaceans may be my new favorite Dafoe. Pattinson is there visually, but every time he opens his mouth you can’t help but compare him to Dafoe, who makes a four course meal out of every line.

    Every year a film comes around to remind me how beautiful black and white can be. This is like the best…