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  • Onward

    Onward

    ★★★★

    Wait, Daddy Issues?

    Okay, so I have them myself. If I liked my younger sister, I would probably have talked to her years ago about what, if any, memories she has of our dad, because she was two when he died. My firstborn's adoptive dad died earlier this year, too, so it's not a great time fatherwise. Actually, I'd been kind of resisting watching much in the way of Pixar lately because honestly, I'm a little stressed and am not…

  • Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears

    Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears

    ★★★★

    And There's Barely Any Hugh!

    I realize my loathing of Hugh Collins (Hugo Johnstone-Burt) is not universal. But if I quite miss the appearance of Dot (Ashleigh Cummings, who's second-billed anyway), I'm willing to put up with it because it means that she isn't inflicting that emotionally abusive idiot on us. I never do look at him without thinking, "She can do better." And I do so wish Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) had ever helped her realize as much,…

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  • Life Itself

    Life Itself

    ★★★★★

    Another Lost Father Figure

    Dear Roger,

    It's not like you'd be surprised it wasn't nominated. I think we could have shared a grim smile, if you'd still been able to smile. No, of course Steve James wasn't nominated for Best Documentary Feature for this, even though it's better than Finding Vivian Maier. Leaving aside that there seems to always be one mediocre film nominated in the category, every year, we could share a grumble about Hoop Dreams. If you'd still…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★½

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

    The Promised Feminist Non-Click-Bait Perspective

    I don't normally do spoilers, as my regular readers know, but I really felt I had to this time. This is going to involve a heavy-duty discussion of the ending, because I promised a friend online that I'd talk about it from a feminist perspective, and I'm pretty sure, having watched it, that what he wanted to talk about was the ending. Or anyway about the last twenty minutes to half hour, which is about…