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  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


    Eye-opening in that, forced to watch this because I chose to have a child, I really understood for the first time the agony of childbirth that my wife endured.
    An adaptation of a fictional book in a fictional book is never a good sign, and although aesthetically pleasing in that way that movies like this always are (New York looks so cool in the 1920s! we scream), they are always universally terrible.
    It's hard to know where to begin! The…

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


    On a re-watch, I don't know that I hold this in as high regard as I did when I first saw it many years ago. In fact, it might be one of the lamest book-to-film fiascoes ever!
    Stylistically, it's great. Dramatically (acting), it's fine. The 3 leads get a little more room to act like actual people.
    The problem is that the to-screen adaptation is terrible! If you hadn't read the novel you would probably have several burning questions that…

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  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok


    It's Hammertime.
    Easily, the best film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe--an assertion I feel completely justified in making since you get to hear Bruce Banner say the line, "Hey guys, we're coming up on the Anus!" The handlers of the MCU finally understand what it takes to make a comic book movie: strip away the scowling, the darkness, and the weighty political messages (Thor3's is subtle and kind of insane, but a nice change) and just make something wacky as…

  • Menashe



    A very quiet, tender movie--shot on location in Brooklyn amidst the Hasidic community there, with all non-actors, and with Menashe's (the actor) story similar to Menashe (the character) story.
    It's simple: a Hasidic widower wants his son to live with him but the ruv and the kid's uncle doesn't think that's such a good idea since Menashe is a shlimazel. Menashe tries hard to prove he's a good father while drinking 40s with the Hispanic stockers at the grocery store and refusing to wear his rekel and hat.