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  • Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

    Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

    ★★½

    Very bizarre and inconsistent film, most noticeably in cinematography and performance, but kind of across the board. Some of the scenes are impeccably acted and there are more than a few gorgeous shots, but at other times the directing choices just feel totally out of whack. The flashback sequences are totally uninspired and unnecessary. Still, the themes are consistent throughout and really well articulated through visuals. The score is absolutely amazing.

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★★

    Absolute crusher of a movie, well-executed and well-integrated Marxist-socialist theming layered over an absolutely bonkers story with great visuals and amazing performances. This is the 2018 zeitgeist right here.

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  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    ★★

    Everyone who tacks up an obligatory poster of this film in their dorm room to establish that they're both cultured and messy and also probably loved Amelie is boring, this movie is boring, Mickey Rooney in yellow-face is so horrible it's unwatchable. Good set design.

  • Fifty Shades Freed

    Fifty Shades Freed

    ½

    I saw this tequila-drunk and without any knowledge of the story of the previous two movies, but my inability to make sense of the plot here had nothing to do with a lack of prior-knowledge or an abundance of alcohol. There is no A-Plot, at least not until the last twenty minutes; there is no rhyme or reason to the way plot lines are picked up and immediately abandoned without any resolution. All of the sex scenes are so mind-bendingly vanilla I'm confused why anyone thinks these books are hot. This film is missionary position.