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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    Video: The images are crystal-clear, no latency or lag. I did notice at least one framerate hitch but I've been told it's a consistent issue and I assume it will be patched soon enough. 4.5/5

    Audio: I had no trouble with the audio during my time with The Irishman. Sound effects are clear and realistic. No fuzz on the dialogue tracks either. 5/5</b)

    Graphics: Mostly photoreal, especially the environments, though a few models look a little rubbery and could have…

  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★½

    the 3 leads of this movie spend almost the entire runtime pettily bitching at each other. george lucas said fuck nicecore.

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★½

    The admirable stuff here (mainly the politics of interventionism and a handful of great action scenes) is better than I remember, but unfortunately spread too thin. It's the only movie in the main series that's so dully written and directed. Still, it lays some groundwork that the other two prequels build on phenomenally. Darth Maul is cool.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Mom liked it! This will be a respectable hit over here if Neon puts in the work.

  • Terminator: Dark Fate

    Terminator: Dark Fate

    ★★★

    Horrifically—like, HORRIFICALLY—directed, and with a script rife with the late-2010s schitck of overexplaining every plot development to avoid the ire of the CinemaSins crowd. But...I dunno. In a truly bleak and desperate year for all kinds of movies, I think I'll take what I can get from franchise blockbusters. Linda Hamilton's so much fun here that it's all too clear how tragic her absence from movies has been. I'm very gay for Mackenzie Davis. And the film spends some time…

  • Western Stars

    Western Stars

    ★★★½

    Does some unfortunate re-mystifying work after the startlingly honest and naturalistic Springsteen on Broadway, with Springsteen here reading from cue cards a little too obviously, his observations a little too beautiful and distant. Still, god, it's a great fucking album, and it's so nice to hear a live recording on a theater sound system.

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    "You're not a Nazi, Jojo. You're a ten year old kid, who likes swastikas and likes dressing up in a funny uniform and wants to be part of a club. But you are not one of them."

    If there's one thing we've learned from the past couple years, it's that people are all too willing to make excuses for Nazis. Whether from the left, right, or center, we hear it constantly. Nazis aren't so bad. They're just people with different…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★

    idiots will call this a staggering retelling of the myth of prometheus through the eyes of the american laborer, the fire of the gods becoming success under capitalism, an unattainable fiction that drives men to maddened violence in their pursuit

    geniuses will understand that this is a movie about getting drunk and almost kissing ur homie and then getting even drunker and tenderly holding each other as you drift off to sleep

  • Blair Witch

    Blair Witch

    ½

    can't think of a more shameless example of Hollywood taking a genuinely exciting, provocative, audaciously experimental work of art and using its name to sell an ugly, generic, self-referential piece of shit. The Blair Witch Project is one of the best and scariest films of all time and you'll see none of the reasons why in here. just a bunch of superficial "escalation" of that film's details (3 times the characters! 10 times the "scares"! 100 times the spooky stick…

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    did not finish. but i think i got the gist. bunch of mid-50s studio fucks used an algorithm to pull together the top 500 terms from popular lib twitter accounts and then did find-replace on proper nouns in the Superbad screenplay. a film for a generation somehow made out of touch with themselves by being forcibly addicted to the cynical rebranding of any original or notable aspect of their culture. also, just profoundly unfunny. lead actresses seem like they're having fun. i'm happy for them.

  • Étude in Black

    Étude in Black

    ★★★★½

    More ambitious and assured filmmaking here than almost anything I saw in a theater in 2019. You gotta love a dog that looks like it is too sad to even move.

  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    ★★★★

    Full review available for $1/month patrons. www.patreon.com/posts/el-camino-bad-30716264