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  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    ★½

    Grade: F (39/100)

    Beyond his fantastic film Ed Wood (1994), Tim Burton's work sits either in the trash pile or the painfully average one. Often times, Burton is perfectly willing to trade good storytelling for empty, weird visuals, one of his greatest pitfalls. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the epitome of that problem, and possibly his worst film.

    Despite its title, this story is not about Charlie. This story mostly centers itself primarily on Wonka and the relationship with…

  • The Day of the Locust

    The Day of the Locust

    ★★½

    Grade: F+ (56/100)

    If you watch this after Schlesinger's fantastic Midnight Cowboy (1969), prepare for disappointment. This movie is a thinly veiled attack on the often well hid horrors of Old Hollywood, but not a well-constructed one. In its fervent attack on those evils, it forgets to give its characters multiple dimensions and lure the audience into its story.

    This was a painful watch. Not merely for its lack of development, but it's a slog to get through. One of…

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  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★★

    Grade: A (96/100)

    Akira Kurosawa ranks among those few directors, like Alfred Hitchcock or Orson Welles, where it's never the question of if they're good or bad. Instead, it's what their best film is. Few directors are able to attain that consistency, and even if they make a bad film, you're able to admire the technique. This film shows all the qualities of Kurosawa that made him such a fantastic director.

    The film operates like a hard-boiled crime drama, but…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    Grade: A- (91/100)

    Following their thriller Good Time (2017), the Safdie brothers moved to their next project, employing the acting talent of one Adam Sandler. Notice that I said talent in that sentence. That's a quality Sandler has hidden from view for decades, only occasionally showing his acting chops with certain directors. When he feels like it, Sandler can give stunning dramatic performances.

    If Uncut Gems is any indication of the Safdie brothers' directing capabilities, they're sure to stylishly revitalize…