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  • We

    We

    ★★½

    On paper, Wij is right up my alley: unsupervised youth, sexual impropriety, the dark side of freedom, multiple perspectives, all wrapped up in the classic One Crazy Summer trope. In execution, however, it's an ugly, underwritten toe-dip into depravity that lacks both nuance and authenticity and, perhaps most gallingly, uses cloying, amber-hued, sun-flared slow motion set to music by the likes of Debussy and Nick Drake to shorthand a wistful, halcyon nostalgia that is, at best, unearned and, at worst,…

  • Hollywood Ending

    Hollywood Ending

    ★★★½

    I'm tempted to say this is another case of Not as bad as I remembered it, since my first time viewing it in about fifteen years was surprisingly enjoyable, but unlike Jade Scorpion, which I contemporaneously viewed as an outright misfire and now simply view as an intermittently charming misfire, Hollywood Ending struck me as a fine film upon release and strikes me just about the same now.

    Whereas with Jade Scorpion I remembered only what I didn't like about it, what…

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  • Mascots

    Mascots

    ★★★½

    If Fred Willard ever succumbs to dementia, how are we going to know?

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★

    More like Excellent Machina, amirite?