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  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    ★★½

    I have decided to wean myself from the aspects of the Internet that are causing me spiritual harm, and as apparently harmless as these silly movie reviews seem, I still log in to Letterboxd each day to get that dopamine hit from seeing a new “like” on something I wrote. And that’s no good.

    I will continue adding the movies I see, just because I like having the data all in one place, but I’m done writing and commenting.

    Be well and love one another.

  • Destination Wedding

    Destination Wedding

    ★★★

    The movie isn't actually this good, but I love Winona and Keanu so much I don't really care.

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  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    ★★★★★

    JURASSIC WORLD is to the Hollywood blockbuster what FUNNY GAMES was to the horror/thriller film.

    While Trevorrow's film is a novel idea, it's certainly not wholly unprecedented--Zack Snyder and Marc Forster attempted similar experiments with SUCKER PUNCH and QUANTUM OF SOLACE, both movies beloved by me but that failed to connect with audiences, as their Distancing Effect proved too great a burden for audiences to bear (in the latter example particularly, Forster's formal radicalism was mistaken for ineptitude). Trevorrow overcomes…

  • Tangerine

    Tangerine

    ★★★½

    The movie I saw right before this was The Revenant. Can you imagine? From that to this collection of amateur actors performing in front of an iPhone with zero fucks given about beauty or continuity, and they're reading lines from a script that likewise gives zero fucks about profundity.

    I feel like I was given a special glimpse into one of two possible futures of cinema, and oh Christ do I hope we take the Tangerine path.