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  • Last and First Men

    Last and First Men

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The type of thing they'd be playing in an art museum rather than a movie theater. It's definitely beautiful, but it's not interesting to watch for more than ten minutes. It's kind of like when they introduce an advanced species in Star Trek and they quickly say "we have evolved to the point where we can communicate information instantly via telepathy etc" but that scene is stretched for 70 minutes and they say 1 sentence every 30 seconds while presenting a slideshow of photos of monuments.

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I might need to rewatch this eventually because I can see the themes, but I can't really fully resolve them to myself. For example, religion is present throughout, but it doesn't have the typical struggle of faith and "finding god" moment, so the arc isn't yet clear to me. Jacob choosing to find his own well water, then turning to the man with the divining rod, as well as taking a lot of advice from Paul - it felt like…

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  • The Vast of Night

    The Vast of Night

    ★★★★

    This feels like "I'm gonna tell a very basic story that has been told a million times, but I'm gonna tell it my way and have fun with it." As the description pitches, it's a story about a couple kids investigating some weird radio sounds and the potential answers are aliens, secret military stuff, or something innocuous like a ham radio enthusiast. None of those possibilities are especially groundbreaking or interesting, so you have to be able to find enjoyment…

  • The Midnight Sky

    The Midnight Sky

    ★★

    CGI action and music that very loudly tells you exactly what emotion you're supposed to be feeling

    nitpick: a lot of great examples of "we need to make this everyday object look futuristic, no matter how impractical"