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  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    ★★★

    When I used to watch these films, I used to just watch Raiders and Last Crusade, but this time around I'm kind of glad I decided to watch the other two. This is primarily because, despite the shit it has gotten in the last 10 years since it's release, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is actually kind of good.

    It's not VERY good... but it's a surprisingly good time. Harrison Ford is still really good, a lot of the settings…

  • A Christmas Story

    A Christmas Story

    ★★★

    Some really funny bits, but I found the most fun to be had in the over-earnest voiceover from future Ralph. The rest was kind of fun, but the voiceover really emphasized the nonliteral, unreliable nature of the story being told. A lot of jokes don't hit very well, others hit in a way I doubt was intentional, but it's a pretty good time.

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  • Forrest Gump

    Forrest Gump

    ★★★★★

    I hear a lot about how the film celebrates stupidity and should be panned for pushing a pseudo-conservative message. While I have to agree the film celebrates simplicity (the last scene we get between Forrest and Jenny before she dies being a wonderfully beautiful example of it), I cannot agree that it is simple fluff that presents Forrest's lack of intelligence as a good thing for the sake of a lighthearted story.

    We are shown all these horrible things that…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★½

    I would think ditching traditional cinematic grammar in favor of scenes with rarely more than one camera setup would make for a less immersive experience, but the more documentary-inspired style of "Roma," I think, is instead exactly what makes it so horrifying.

    There is a scene towards the start of the last third that I felt was very similar in content to a lot of other things I've seen, but I couldn't put my finger on what about it made…