Joel Hilke

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  • Winchester '73

    ★★½

  • River

    ★★★½

  • Megamind vs. the Doom Syndicate

  • Spaceman

    ★★★

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  • Winchester '73

    Winchester '73

    ★★½

    Watched as part of Honey, I Shrunk the Watchlist!
    --> Watch a movie from your least favorite genre

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    Well, the criteria was to watch something from my least favorite genre. Which is to say I don't usually like (older) Westerns... more modern ones can be pretty good and there are a few earlier ones I like (lookin' at you, High Noon and Liberty Valance). But I didn't think much of this 1950 one... though I guess it had an…

  • River

    River

    ★★★½

    Similar to the director's wonderfully inventive Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes, River is also about an unusual 2 minute time loop. In this case, it's a more familiar Groundhog Day type loop with the unique twist that everyone in the loop knows they are in the loop.

    This makes for a unique variation on this premise with everyone resetting to the same place but with all the memories from previous loops. We get to know a bunch of characters in…

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  • The Boy and the Heron

    The Boy and the Heron

    ★★½

    Giving a low score to Miyazaki's latest film feels like an anathema... a rudeness to the anime master who came out of retirement to make it. But I sat in the theater analyzing the movie more than feeling moved, intrigued, or even particularly interested.

    The Boy and the Heron is about a kid who is relocated to the countryside during WWII. There he meets his new stepmom who promptly goes missing and he sets out on a trippy quest to…

  • The Strays

    The Strays

    ★★½

    The Strays is about a posh suburban English woman whose comfortable life starts to unravel when people from her past show up. She's a light-skinned black woman married to a white man, they have two children... the newcomers are darker skinned and quite concerning to her.

    This Netflix original is thematically confused and confusing... both misdirected and directionless and not a little bit peculiar. It's either about a person who abandons her responsibilities or about the difference in class between…