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  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton

    Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton

    ★★★★½

    I was ten years old in 1994, the year Ace Ventura, The Mask, and Dumb & Dumber all came out, and I could not have possibly loved Jim Carrey more. I was already a hyperactive, awkward, somewhat unbalanced child with no idea who I was or how to interact with others, but watching this goofball's movies and hearing the story of his life (rose from literal homelessness to become comedy God and highest paid actor in history) weirdly gave me the…

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★½

    Really, really surprised and impressed by how much I liked this. Riddled with coming of age cliches and a soundtrack packed with Coldplay, this was still somehow one of the most pleasurable watches I've had all year. Re-employing the fast clip dialogue and non-chalant use of montage that charmed audiences so effectively in her collaborations with Noah Baumbach, first time director Gretta Gerwig manages to filter the vocabulary of the high school dramedy through her own unique prism to hugely…

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  • Martin

    Martin

    ★★★★½

    The modern day vampire deconstruction film (Let The Right One In, Only Lovers Left Alive etc) is pretty well known these days, though few are aware the trend actually started back in the 70s with a super underappreciated George A. Romero gem called Martin, about a young, awkward vampire who mostly feeds on horny, bored housewives and the occasional hobo. A mashup of a few different genres but never not its own thing, it can be a hard movie to…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★

    I remember after The Matrix first came out that the late post-modern philosopher Jean Baudrillard was asked about it. His writings on simulacra have been routinely cited as having been, if not out-right copy and pasted, then at least HEAVILY influential on the Wachoski's film. His response was that The Matrix was the kind of movie that a matrix would make, if the matrix was a real thing. Something slightly similar is going on in Blade Runner 2049, a movie…