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  • Heathers

    Heathers

    ★★★

    By all reports this a dark and edgy teen classic, for me it felt like it was trying to hard to find profundity in what was actually quite corny. Just saw it at the wrong time I suppose.

  • The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant

    ★★★★

    Love the way this film undermines how violence is used as the solution for all problems, something I’ve noticed while trying to parent and showing my now three year old different movies and shows. Sometimes you can choose not to shoot “bad guys” and that’s important. 

    It also made my three year old cry, so thank god for that epilogue.

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★

    Uh oh, I found this to be pretty silly. It's the type of film that makes itself worse at some points in order to reveal a twist through which the beginning begins to make sense--the twist is good (though its consequences aren't explored) but it's not that good.

    Beyond this, the film isn't well written; besides the leads, every other character is completely hollow. It has a well-meaning message, one that many are fawning over in our post-election days, but to me it felt completely contrived, jumping through logical hurdles until the world comes together for one giant hug.

  • Turbo Kid

    Turbo Kid

    ★★★½

    A b-movie at the cross-section of Marvel and Mad Max with a delicious 80s style and soundtrack. It's really great on paper, but never fully lives up to its description.