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  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    ★★★★

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    ★★★★

  • Prisoners of the Ghostland

    ★★½

  • The Card Counter

    ★★★

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  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    ★★★★

    Rewatching in preparation for Chamber of Secrets in 4D tonight.

    If there’s a collection of films that have followed me from childhood to adulthood so strongly, it’s the Harry Potter series (this absolutely doesn’t include the Fantastic Beasts films). While these films obviously aren’t perfect and have far too many conveniences, I can’t really view them critically, at least not at this point in my life. Everyone has that film or those films that is the case and these are mine. …

  • Prisoners of the Ghostland

    Prisoners of the Ghostland

    ★★½

    The collaboration of Nicolas Cage and Sion Sono sounds like an absolute match made in heaven, unfortunately for Prisoners of the Ghostland, it’s a little too good to be true. While I think the production design and costume design are out of this world fantastic and the fight sequences to be fun enough (when they’re there), the film either takes itself way too seriously when it shouldn’t and is overly in on the joke to where it’s honestly kind of…

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  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    ★★★★

    Watched in 4DX Regal

    This was one of the most fun theater experiences in quite some time for me. Seeing one of your favorite films on the big screen is always a fantastic time, but seeing it in a completely new way is just special. Seeing Chamber of Secrets in 4D was absolutely lovely. During the Quidditch matches, the seats would hover and fly as if you were on the broom, when winter came in the film, snow fell in…

  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    ★★★

    I’m gonna be a broken record at this point, but Paul Schrader is fucking awesome. I haven’t seen all of his work, but from what I’ve seen I’ve been a huge fan of. Everything from Taxi Driver to his directorial efforts such as Mishima and First Reformed have floured me. The Card Counter is the first that’s puzzled me. 

    Now it could easily be a case of “not in the mood,” but I was mixed on this one. Most of…

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  • Two Distant Strangers

    Two Distant Strangers

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

    *SPOILERS*

    I’m actually dumbfounded by these positive reviews, because I found this to be horrifically exploitative, messy, and unsubtle in just about every single way. The writing is horrible and pandering, the acting (aside from possibly Joey Bada$$, who is decent, and I just like him) is horrible, and the overall execution is so misguided. The themes that are being presented are important and obviously deserve to be at the front line of discussion, but something about a racist police…

  • Together

    Together

    ★★★½

    It’s inevitable that this film with either be classified as one of the films to come out during the pandemic about the pandemic as well as the companion piece to Malcolm & Marie. In terms of COVID films, it’s gonna happen. A little too soon for my liking, but in terms of human connection, there’s not a lot more to talk about, so might as well I guess (let’s cut it with the COVID horror movies though please). 

    When it comes…