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  • Jigsaw

    Jigsaw

    ★½

    Utterly pointless. I only watched it out of curiosity, as for some reason I still have a bit of a macabre thing for gore. Even with low to no expectations, this was still hot garbage. Absolutely no reason to have resurrected this tired series whatsoever if they weren’t even going to try doing anything new or clever with the premise. This just feels like it was forced.

  • Summer of 84

    Summer of 84

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Clearly cashing in on the IT and Stranger Things 80s nostalgia and for most of the running time it works well enough, but it follows many of the same familiar beats. 
    It falls apart in the final act somewhat, and becomes predictable but it was still entertaining overall. 
    A few of the characters looked way too old to be playing 15 year-olds. The female love interest seemed like a borderline pedo as she looked 20 and he looked 14. 
    The film had 3 directors. Make of that what you will.

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★

    Thanks Luca Guadagnino.  I'm not eating an apricot EVER again. Just in case.

    Great performances. Potent sense of the steaminess and sexiness of being on a burgois holiday frolicking in streams and cycling between bottles of wine and pasta.

    I wasn't on board with the love story between Elliot and Oliver. Elliot's motivations I could understand - he's a horny 17 year old looking to get his end away. Oliver however, just comes off as creepy and exploitative. After all…

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★½

    Yet another Marvel film that just gets by on cartoony action and a pastiche of Whedonesque quips. 
    It's a Marvel release so expect the same film we've been watching for the last several years but with different characters. 
    At the very least, it was better than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, but barely.
    The best of the Thor films by default if judged solely on entertainment value. I was bored rigid by the first, mildly entertained by the novelty of the second's pre-GotG space-operatic outlandishness, but this third one is a desperate to be another Guardians. It's not, but it tries.