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  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★

    Marriage Story? More like Meh-rriage Story, amirite?

    I’M KIDDING.

    Best prop as a metaphor goes to the Monopoly board. Nicole and Charlie view each other as competitive players of a game whose objective is to have it all—which, they ultimately learn, they can’t. Especially if your strategy, like Henry’s, is to try to keep all of your play money.

    Best running gag goes to almost every Angeleño telling Charlie how LA is better because of all the space.

    Adam Driver…

  • John Denver Trending

    John Denver Trending

    ★★★★

    What struck me throughout watching John Denver Trending was seeing John Denver’s ink-stained polo, which remained dirtied despite his vigorous scrubbing. Once he was marked and singled out, there was no way of getting a clean reputation back. Not that John Denver was actually of pristine character, thereby making the film’s message of empathy even more powerful.

    John Denver Trending broke my heart. The sight of a mother’s tearful yet firm resolve to protect her helpless son is something I…

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★½

    “There’s no punchline. It’s not a joke.”

    And that’s the problem.

    Joker would have been more provocative if it wasn’t so goddamn boring. Ever wondered what a Scorsese-directed comic book movie would look like? Well, this ain’t it. For starters, Scorsese’s would have a clear message.

    Joker has been discussed ad nauseum so I’m not going to say much. What I think is lost in the conversation is that Arthur Fleck is a seriously mentally ill man, and despite or…

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★½

    I saw a tweet about a five-star review of Knives Out on Letterboxd.

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    First and foremost, Chris Evans in a sweater and cardigan combo is everything.

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    Excellently crafted whodunnit with Trump era pro-immigration overtones, exemplified by the way the family repeatedly threatened Marta of deportation and by the running gag that none of them know or care enough to know or even ask where she’s actually from (with each thinking she is from Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia, and Brazil). The film’s subtlety was lessened when characters started mentioning birthrights and things “being ours”. Tho in the current climate, explicitness can be appreciated.

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  • I See You

    I See You

    ★★★

    Kita Kita offers an interesting premise, and along with it some very problematic points. The film successfully distracts the audience from overthinking it through humor, particularly via Empoy, who delivers every piece of dialogue like a punchline.

  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★★

    Astounding cinematography. In one scene there was a panning shot from a suspect to the crime scene, and I just went wow clap clap.