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  • Terminator Salvation

    Terminator Salvation

    FIRST THOUGHTS:
    I was hoping for something light and fun, but when I saw that it was directed by McG during the opening credits, I almost shut the film off. I probably should have listened to my instincts. It’s poorly directed - in just about every sequence the camera is in the least interesting setup, capturing the most generic action movie sequences I’ve seen in a while. Performers I tend to like in other things are about as flat and…

  • About Endlessness

    About Endlessness

    ★★★★

    FIRST THOUGHTS:
    There is so much I love about this film - the restraint and the quiet of the filmmaking style leads to really stunning compositions and a pervasive melancholy that tends to resonate with me. The film leaves each by vignette at the perfect moment, never overstaying its welcome and always leaving us with the briefest impression of narrative or fleeting sense of emotional resonance. There is this sense that Andersson is attempting to make some grand, universal statements…

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    This may be the worst Best Picture nominee since I started really following the Oscars in 1990. It’s not just an insipid and formulaic rock biopic, it’s an incompetent, insipid, and formulaic rock biopic - lifeless, inert, and sanitized. The treatment of the long-suffering and supportive ex-wife borders on the misogynistic and the film simultaneously pathologizes Mercury’s sexuality - until he settles down with a nice boy. The emotional beats are unearned, they consistently find the least interesting way to shoot scenes, and the film never gets beyond a surface level exploration of any character.

  • Mr. Thank You

    Mr. Thank You

    ★★★★★

    Initial thoughts:

    Another sweet, tender, and evocative film. A great and funny little microcosm of Japanese society in the '30s. It doesn't flinch from the troubles of life, but it also does a great job of allowing for hope.

    A really great film.