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  • Santa's Pocket Watch

    ★★

  • The Candlemaker

    ★★½

  • The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives

  • Christmas Night

    ★★★★

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  • Santa's Pocket Watch

    Santa's Pocket Watch

    Historically interesting as a sample of 70s animation: crude drawing style that tries to go for both "cute" and "urban/tough" (think: Fat Albert and even Black Cauldron). Also in the 70s/80s cartoons had a very simplistic conception of how to address children (thanks to Saturday morning cartoons) that really dumbed down the humor. The upshot is, most of these cartoons are groaners, rather than funny, and awkward rather than cute or aesthetically interesting.

    This cartoon is exactly one of those.…

  • The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives

    The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives

    Excepting the blackface elements, this is an otherwise charming depression era cartoon of the singing toys ilk with some celebrity references thrown in.

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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★½

    I guess someone thought, "Wicker Man" is a great movie, but what if we actually saw what goes on within that cult? Bad idea.

    I kept thinking: Really? This was the most interesting thing you could imagine?

    Within 5 minutes you guess where the whole thing is going and hope it will instead surprise you.

    And it will surprise you — you will be surprised that, instead of actual horror, you are bombarded with 12-year-old-sensibility moments that make the audience…

  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★★★

    The more I consider it, the more extraordinary this movie seems to me. It mixes nostalgia, humor, horror (it is one of the most horrific films I've seen in a long long time), crime-thriller, and buddy picture. So that even though you know where the story is going, it is a surprising ride. And I think it needs to be a little surprising, it needs to put you off balance because this discussion is far too important to be dismissed…