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Corpse Bride 2005
Another beautiful stop-motion musical friendly horror borne of Tim Burton's romantically twisted aesthetics. From the puppetry to the entirety of the art direction, you already know this makes for a dynamite double feature with The Nightmare Before Christmas. But it's unfair to bring up Corpse Bride's more famous successor because this film completely stands on its own, something of a second chapter in this Burton anthology of macabre fables. Yet another alternative children's fantasy that introduces heavier topics with a…
Kusama: Infinity 2018
Could have been really neato, but there's some....ineptitude (?) in relegating Kusama to the sidelines in interviews and letting others be the authority on her life's story. I get the color in having outsiders examine her achievements, but the artist's soundbites feel reluctant, and the film spends all its time on simply drawing her life up to now instead of sitting down and really coming to terms with how she is today's most successful female artist. The catharsis of Kusama getting her due doesn't ever build. It only happens. And we spend so little, little time in one of her infinity chambers.
It Chapter Two 2019
An opinion I had about 2017's IT was that if they had taken the extra 45 minutes and just made it a 3 hour feature, everything could be fleshed out to the point where the film won't be as rushed as it is. It seems they only half-heard me because Chapter Two is 169 minutes long and absolutely incomprehensible.
Early on, Mike Hanlon describes Pennywise's enduring influence over the Losers as a virus that had been growing inside them for…