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  • Forbidden Planet

    ★★★½

  • Slacker

    ★★★½

  • Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★½

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

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  • WALL·E

    WALL·E

    ★★★

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

    At the time Wall-E was released, I knew at least one person who named it the greatest film of all time. That seemed a little hyperbolic to me, but I was in agreement that the film was very good, and above average for Pixar, which back then actually meant something. But there were elements of it which bothered me from the beginning. Most significantly, I found the gaggle of broken robots annoying and I thought it was something of a…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★½

    "Do you know what the definition of a hero is? Someone who gets other people killed." - Zoe Washburn, "Firefly." (Which is better than Star Wars and that's a hill that I'll die on.)

    I really don't like to throw in my lot with the rabble of malcontents who have poisoned the discourse around this film. Especially since some people have made pretty fair arguments for it being not only a good film but possibly the best Star Wars film.…

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  • The Skin I Live In

    The Skin I Live In

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

    God damn it but I am really angry and upset right now. I don’t know honestly why I have continued to watch Almodovar’s films despite such incredibly tone-deaf stories as Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, but this is my last one for sure. No amount of beautiful photography and good direction is going to redeem this film for me. I’ve had it with Almodovar’s incredibly simplistic and reductive understanding of gender and sexuality, and clearly he is not about…

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

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

    There's a special kind of awful that can only be attained by someone who thinks their screenplay is "smart" when it actually isn't. Ex Machina is such a film, constantly comporting itself as a story of Big Ideas, but said Ideas are largely misconceptions and even then aren't explored in much depth. This could be forgiven if the actual narrative was good, but it's not. It's a mishmash of dull characters, predictable plotting, and regressive tropes that are likewise unquestioned.…