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  • Let the Corpses Tan

    Let the Corpses Tan

    ★★★

    I suppose that it's possible to * F E T I S H I Z E * Italian exploitation movies more than this movie does, but it would be difficult.

    I appreciate it for its inventive imagery, willingness to be weird, and enjoyed all the spaghetti western/poliziotteschi/giallo easter eggs a lot. Sound design might have been my favorite part, actually. Good surround sound.

    But, as usually happens with these Grindhouse-adjacent movies, I wish there had been a story or compelling…

  • Little Monsters

    Little Monsters

    ★★

    wait a minute...are...are all zombie comedies about childish men trying to impress women? Sometimes it feels like Shaun of the Dead is a parody of the movies that mindlessly mimicked it.

    Anyway, this movie is mostly bad and obnoxious and it doesn't try very hard. I spent like 20 minutes wondering if I was watching the wrong movie because the trailers promised Lupita Nyong'o, and she's a supporting character.

    She's quite good though. And there are maybe two good scenes.

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    ...I'm beginning to think Bong Joon-ho has an issue with rich people.

    Seriously though, fantastic and I'm especially fond of how the middle act is kind of an elevated sit-com, but, in a sit-com, Song Kang-ho would just jump out from under the table and shout "I don't smell bad!" and the studio audience would laugh and there would be a still frame that the titles run over.

  • Mortal Engines

    Mortal Engines

    ★★½

    You know how sometimes when you watch a movie base on a book you never read and, after an HOUR of relentless exposition and, like, the 700th character introduction, you realize that this isn't going to work, but then there's this angry robot man and a really cool, androgynous lady with a pompadour, so you're like, "yeah, okay," and keep watching, because at least the production design is neat?

    Anyway, I kind of wish this had a sequel, because I'd definitely have watched it while working some day.