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  • Blood Quantum

    Blood Quantum

    ★★★½

    Watched this on MRisnes's recommendation and I'm glad I did. It is super-rare for me to catch Native American directors or Native American actors in stuff, certainly not when it's sort of halfway about Native American experiences.

    This is... only sort of about those experiences, in that it's a zombie movie. And I'll leave its competence as a zombie movie to those who specialize in such things. I guess I am a little disappointed the script didn't go deeper into…

  • WHAT DID JACK DO?

    WHAT DID JACK DO?

    ★★½

    A commendable experiment in whether the technology is there to allow capuchin monkeys to star in films with Clutch Cargo mouths (it isn't) and whether that's a good idea in the first place (it's not).

    It is stunning that David Lynch has been making films for 50 years and insists on "writing" things like this. But maybe it's not fair to judge something like this against the criteria of "entertaining" or "amusing" - it's free, if you have Netflix and 17 minutes.

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  • Better Off Dead...

    Better Off Dead...

    ★★★

    My wife told me this was a classic, but then confessed that she "probably hadn't seen it all the way through" which is annoying because she's been saying "I want my two dollars" to me for 22 years.

    This is a pretty insubstantial teen comedy, fairly gentle compared to other genre films. John Cusack is plenty cute and charming, and his romantic interest steals a few scenes, but everyone else ranges from "unpleasant" to "abhorrent" and so it's unfortunate that…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★½

    This, for me, was a frustrating lesson in admiring a film without really liking it. There are some hugely fascinating ideas in the movie, but they don't do nearly enough to offset how bored and insulted I felt during the rest of the runtime. There are, likewise, a couple of really dazzling setpieces, but I had difficulty reconciling that with some other awfully cheap-looking aesthetic touches. This film is going for something really ambitious, but the end result is sort…