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  • Zero Dark Thirty

    Zero Dark Thirty

    [The following was written off and on over a week – making it even more disjointed than it already would have been. Sorry! If you actually read any of this, thank you for your time and patience……]

    There are about a thousand thoughts bouncing around my head, and I wish they added up to something cogent.

    Kathryn Bigelow is the 52nd different women film maker I've seen in 2022, and I picked this film to be that magic #52 because,…

  • Black '47

    Black '47

    Once Upon a Time in the West[ern Part (Mostly) of Ireland]. It's a sweeping story that rolls complex history and politics into a bloody good, angry classic Western story. Being a shallow and simple man, however, I really wish it looked better. I get that there was artistic reasoning behind making the colors so washed out (touched on in Valondar's definitive take on the film), but even so there are ways to use the camera to tell the story of…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Well, Palpatine fucks now. That's canon.

    Did they have the second unit shoot the entire first act? I swear, from the opening crawl until they boarded the star destroyer (or whatever the hell it was), every single shot with characters in it - even a freaking helicopter shot circling a group of people - was shot at chest/face level. Every. Single. One. It was so lifeless, and artless, and un-creative. And, well, that's the movie in a nutshell. Only the…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    On my umpteenth rewatch here, I only just noticed that line, "If [Sharon Tate] ever wants to put a bounty on Roman [Polanski]'s head, she just has to go next door." And shortly after that, Rick Dalton mentions certain weaponry that he possesses. I thought the film just elided ~the whole Polanski thing~ since that happened some years after this one takes place, but no, there's, well, one oblique line about it after all.