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  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★★

    It falters a bit at the end, but for the most part, it's like that basketball scene from Uncut Gems drawn out for 77 minutes. So much anxiety-inducing, but also so so good.

  • Bunohan

    Bunohan

    I watched this back when it came out. I can't believe it, almost 10 years ago now. A friend of mine worked on it, and when I watched it, I really liked it.

    Rewatched it for the first time last night and -- oh boy, what a mess. There are still sequences that I think are really pretty, but the story here is unnecessarily convoluted, and the editing makes it even more incoherent.

    When I watched Interchange years later, I thought it was a step down from Bunohan. Now I think it's actually a step up.

    Except, of course, I've only watched Interchange once.

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  • Shirkers

    Shirkers

    ★½

    Spoiler alert: This is not a good film.

    I wanted to like this so much, but five minutes in, I knew that wasn't going to happen. Sandi Tan the narrator has no introspection whatsoever. The younger Sandi was shown to be selfish and self-absorbed, and at one point, older Jasmine said to present-day Sandi -- "You used to be an asshole". The thing is, there was nothing in this film that made me think that older Sandi is any less…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    Andrew Garfield was great as spiderman -- sure, we knew that from the first film -- but the best thing about this movie is the end credits music, partly because it's actually a good song, but mostly because the movie ended.

    I won't talk about that godawful post-credit scene because fuck that godawful post-credit scene.