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  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    I came into this really wanting to love it, but unfortunately it ends up feeling similar to Finding Dory and Monster’s University. The concept of Forky is fascinating. The “magic” rules of these movies have always been something the creators have played with fairly loosely, but to introduce the fact that a toy can be “created” by a child was something I was really looking forward to seeing this movie explore.

    Ultimately, though, it doesn’t do much with it. And…

  • Heaven Knows What

    Heaven Knows What

    I think the thing that divides the Safdies' filmography so far is the presence of somewhat more conventional plot structures, and the absence of them. Where Good Time and Uncut Gems have specific plot turns driving them, Heaven Knows What and Daddy Longlegs are more meandering and almost episodic. But all four films have such undeniable energy that has really drawn me in.

    This one made me profoundly sad. There's nothing farfetched shown here. Because the lead actor/writer, Arielle Holmes,…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    In a recent interview with Marc Maron, while talking about There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson said:

    "Anytime you can kinda narrow it to something akin to Tom and Jerry or any of that kinda Spy vs. Spy kinda thing... that's always when it seems to be good. I like it when it's firing that way, when it's really just these two knuckleheads hammering out agreements between each other, it's great."

    That's one of the things that makes me…

  • Glass

    Glass

    Shyamalan does what Shyamalan wants to do.

    That's something I think(?) I genuinely respect him for. Even when the result is as baffling as this.

    I've seen some really heartfelt praise for this movie, as well as some pretty vehement dismissal. I'm too fascinated by it to dismiss it as trash, but I found so much of it too awkward to be fully on board with almost any of it.

    There are moments sprinkled throughout that started to win me…