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  • Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

    Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

    ★★★

    62/100

    A little too rudimentarily crafted to truly stand out as the definitive Robin Williams documentary, of which I very much expected this to be given documentarian Alex Gibney's involvement here as producer. Glosses over some of Robin's achievements in favor of others; essentially compartmentalizes his 90s film career into a 10-second film poster slideshow, his most successful decade as an actor. Arguments could be made that many are already well-aware of this juncture in Williams' life, so they would…

  • Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    ★★½

    47/100

    Hearsay from those who particularly admire Bill and Ted's adventures led me to expect this to be the better of the two films, especially after my lukewarm reception to their Excellent Adventure (which fairs slightly better, with a score of 48), yet this sequeled serving proved to be more of the same. Flashy, adjective-laden discourse can only get the perfectly likable duo so far, and as with its predecessor, there came a point in the final half where I…

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★½

    66/100

    Very much liked this for a while, until I didn't, and then I liked it again, and then I didn't. Which oddly enough sums up my experience with critic-turned-director Paul Schrader, myself weaving to and fro on my liking for Schrader's 1985 biopic Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, by which this film shares the same proverbial wheelhouse with, i.e. the despondent lead character looking to take action against society, however futile their vigilante endeavor may be, and the…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    85/100

    So wonderful to know the narrative subversion is coming once the final act arrives, knowing that all that has preceded it has had minute, almost microscopic peculiarities in character action and voice that would suggest something is not quite right in the two leads' relationship. Leave it to director Paul Thomas Anderson to take what appears to be a normal, periodically acrimonious romance concerning a renowned fashion designer falling in love with a country girl set in 1950s London,…