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  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★

    Aside from the manic pixie girl stuff—and I think this movie was one of the trope-establishers for that?—this movie is a carefully-orchestrated gem of a thing that I REALLY enjoyed. Gondry is a cool dude. The whole movie is visually fascinating, with tons of incredible shots (and bonkers sets?) and some stunning lighting. Found myself constantly super annoyed at the decisions they were making about Kate Winslet’s character... but I loved the way this movie looked so much that I found it easier than normal to forgive.

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

    ★★★

    Cute stuff. Like all the Lord and Miller movies it’s smarter than you might expect from the trailer. A lot of low jokes which, though they were written only about a decade ago, probably wouldn’t end up in a movie today (some of the stuff with the leading woman, the fat mayor, etc). Otherwise... just gags all the way through, top to bottom gags, and a lot of funny imagery.

    Lord and Miller went to my college and, well over…

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    Avatar

    ★★

    This movie is so uninterested in its own story. Jake is a wheelchair user, but they never address whether he told that to his big blue girlfriend or whether she learns that about him when they meet for the first time. The avatars have to sleep for probably an unusually long or inconvenient number of hours per day. Do the aliens know? How do they explain this? At one point the protagonists fall asleep during a big argument with the…

  • Inside Man

    Inside Man

    ★★★★

    Still a very good and fun movie!!! I should watch this one more often.

    Willem Dafoe always feels miscast to me here because my brain cannot accept him playing a dumbass.