Tim Costa from the First Time Watchers Podcast
Tim Costa from the First Time Watchers Podcast

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  • On Body and Soul

    On Body and Soul

    ★★★½

    An odd film that I don't know entirely what is trying to say about loneliness or bonding.
    Fair warning, this film starts off with graphic footage of cows being killed and butchered in a slaughterhouse. This footage is apparently meant to bookend a scene at the end but I'm not sure the analogy is handled all that well.
    This is an interesting tale of two lonely people trying to find human connection and coming together by unusual means.
    It may be difficult for some to get on its wavelength but if you stick with it, there are some beautiful shots and striking imagery.

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    This movie will never not be incredible.
    A virtuoso performance by Cruise and a standout effort by McQuarrie.
    The action scenes should be templates for how to choreograph and shoot people and places. Each scene sets up a following scene and those scene pay off in spectacular fashion.
    The fact that they could retrofit the previous two installments based on the first four unrelated films from a story perspective is remarkable and even better consider how emotionally resonant it is. All major characters receive their just due.
    Tom Cruise is Superman.

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  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★★½

    Both Split and Glass serve as a bit of a departure by Shyamalan by the fact that the stories do not focus on families undergoing therapy through extraordinary circumstances and crisis. This is what separates Unbreakable from its two sequels and makes it a far superior film.
    That's not to say Glass is a bad film. It just serves the purpose of expanding on what Split did and open up new possibilities that Unbreakable only hinted at.
    McAvoy once again…

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★★

    I think people are giving this movie too much credit because it leaves you on such a fucking high note that they're forgetting the previous 100+ minutes that are just awful, awful, awful.
    As amazing as the Live Aid and Madison Square sequences are, it's one thing to recreate iconic moments and it's another to make them actually *mean* anything.
    There is zero meaning behind anything that happens in this film. Things, events, dialogue just happen.
    Why does Freddie care…