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  • Minnie and Moskowitz

    Minnie and Moskowitz

    ★★★★½

    John Cassavetes with yet another harrowing gaze into the desperate abyss of love, where people are erratic and unpredictable, and right when you think you like them they go and do yet another thing to break your heart and/or their own. Cassavetes was a genius plain and simple. Gena Rowlands is a genius plain and simple. Why I had low expectations for this one I don’t know, in single scenes it manages to elicit more emotion than most movies do in their full runtime.

  • Not-So Amazing

    Not-So Amazing

    ★★★★★

    Made for no money and released for free, Not-So Amazing is the no budget answer to Spider-Man.

    I think the strongest thing here is the structure. This film has an incredibly solid grasp on the Hollywood narrative and smartly uses those tropes and trappings to its advantage. The characters’ arcs are all consistent and track throughout, you always know where you are in the story if that makes sense. I can’t overstate how hard that is to get right in a…

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  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★

    Like all of Pixar’s films from the last 13 years, it’s severely lacking in rat chef based antics.

  • Shrek 2

    Shrek 2

    ★★★★

    It’s been a long time since I’ve watched this apparently, I had forgotten a whole lot! Despite this, I’ve been a hardcore defender of this being the best Shrek for the last decade. A lot can be said for the focused storytelling Shrek 1 offers, but I’ve always found it a bit too small in scope. It’s over so quickly and doesn’t have nearly enough world building and characters to sufficiently dive into the Disney parody it wants to be.…