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  • Kanarie

    Kanarie

    ★★★★½

    Super, super impressive. Excellent performances, stylistic but effective camerawork, and an emotional, beautiful film about identity and the power of music. Even better the more I think about it.

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★½

    A fun return to the "characters in separate rooms" thriller genre that I'm a sucker for (Clue, The Westing Game, Identity). Great performances, and an interesting script that kept me interested.

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  • Good Manners

    Good Manners

    ★★★★

    A singular vision. Mixing horror and storybook-fantasy, with dashes of lesbian romance and a few musical moments. It was surprising, it was gorgeous (those backgrounds!), it was both familiar and new. I loved it.

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★½

    Overall, to me it felt jam-packed but often empty. There are moments I liked, often in the real-world, but overall it just felt like something I'd seen before, but better elsewhere. Strong direction (especially during an early chase scene), a good Silvestri theme, and some lovely lighting. It's fine but not something I need to return to or would recommend rushing out to see.

    Maybe I'm just tired of movies about cis white guys being the main characters in a "save the world, get the girl" plot? Whatever the reason, it just wasn't for me.