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  • The Emoji Movie

    The Emoji Movie

    ★½

    Day TWO of the EMOJI MOVIE EXPERIENCE. Today's focus: This Movie's 3D is Bullshit and It Has A Secret Satanic Plotline

    But first, you may notice half a star added to the rating of this movie. I should come clean. I went with the flow of the crowd that says this movie should be terrible. It really isn't. It's at least base-line competently made. It has the occasional laughable moment. It has sins and offenses, but they're pretty much the…

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  • Peter Rabbit

    Peter Rabbit

    ★★★

    Whatever. I'm down with this movie's vibe, obnoxious bits and all. I don't know how the production went, but it feels like the filmmakers wanted to recreate the sort of wistful delight of the PADDINGTON movies before it turned into a push to sell pop music and James Corden's ADR improv.

    Then again, the underlying theme of PADDINGTON is that 'diversity helps communities thrive', while PETER RABBIT's seems to be that 'it's best to get along in this world, because there's no guarantee of an afterlife'. Not sure how that would play with the kid crowd without Fort Minor to soften the blow.

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★½

    Another classic that seems like a slam-dunk for my tastes, but I've always put off seeing for one reason or another. In particular, this seems like a lodestone for themes and obsessions that Miyazaki would return to throughout his career. Glad I could watch it in a theatre.

    The subplot about the sick mother hit me unexpectedly hard. Part of that is down to an unfortunate confluence of real-life events and this film's plot, and the movie's sincere portrayal of down to earth moments.

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  • Black Girl

    Black Girl

    ★★★★

    Watched for the Letterboxd Season Challenge 2017-18.

    Week 1: September 4th-10th
    Sembène Week

    A tragic tale of post-colonial society and the institutionalized racism that persists. Diouana, a Senegalese woman travels with her white employers back to their home in France. Initially this seems like she will have the opportunity to rise out of her impoverished life, but it soon becomes clear that her employers intend to keep her in the more captive position of a personal servant. What little contact…

  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

    Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

    ½

    #DeathBlart2017

    Do I really need to put myself through the pain of this holiday tradition? Doesn't Thanksgiving with the fam already have its own special awkward? Barely eight minutes in and I was ready to watch THE EMOJI MOVIE for a sixth time.

    I'll give props to the crane that whoops on Kevin James in the garden. That dude's the true MVP of this movie. My gorgeous feathered cage fighter. <3