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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

    Very much a product of its time... but in the best possible way. A humanizing and humorous story jam-packed with action. Great family fare. The animation had a great, and unique, aesthetic. The direction had a comic book flair that hasn't been seen in a superhero movie yet.

    The Oscar buzz is warranted. The bar has been raised. And the gates have been opened for more animated hero flicks that will allow things to happen in the movies that just couldn't with live action (no matter how augmented with CGI it is). I can't wait for the sequel.

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★

    Lando and Solo were pitch-perfect performances. The movie was fine, but did little to nothing to overwhelm me. I did, however, find the predictable moments corny.

    And I had a hard time with Paul Bettany's Dryden Voss. There's just something about his voice that I fail to find menacing, and it took me out of the character.

    The best thing about the movie were the practical FX.

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  • The Funhouse

    The Funhouse

    ★★★★★

    I was really picking up what Tobe Hooper was putting down. Seriously, how is there not more buzz around this movie as an all-time classic?!

    Now one of my favorite opening credits of all-time. And a PERFECT example, just like with Creepshow, of creating a pre-code horror comic on film. The shots and set pieces and colors were on-point. The characters were sufficiently caricatured to be ludicrous. And the plot mechanics are just terrific.

    The set up is way bigger…

  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★

    One of those "I can't believe I still haven't watched this yet" movies. Thank you to @Cinemonster and Hooptober for giving me the excuse to finally park my ass in front of the screen and check it out!

    I think part of the reason I hadn't watched it before is because pop culture references and parodies had me convinced I knew "the hook" of the movie-- that I'd seen by osmosis what this movie had to offer.

    I should have…