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  • The Goldfinch

    The Goldfinch

    ★½

    The ultimate "based on the novel by" movie.

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

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

    Tired: Scorsese makes exciting gangster movies that glamorize violence and the worst parts of masculinity.

    Wired: Scorsese's gangster movies act as a reproach to the characters' actions, and end up critiquing these violent individuals' choices. Depiction is not endorsement!

    Inspired: One day we will choose the casket that will house our rotting corpse, and we will be forced to sit in the near-dark, swallowed up by the weight of our transgressions, unable to accept responsibility and find forgiveness for our…

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  • Klaus

    Klaus

    1. By no means a bad movie, and it has its charms, but it's got too much "plot" going on in the Solo vein, trying to set up every aspect of a character that we know. Trying to hit all those "so that's why coal is put in bad kids' stocking" moments. I would describe this motion picture as "fine".

    2. Would have been more interesting had the "bad guys" not been so nakedly bad... insofar as actual bad people…

  • Terminator: Dark Fate

    Terminator: Dark Fate

    Forget 1917... THIS is a video game movie, and a bad one at that. The question I'm now pondering is: was 2019 one of the worst years for big budget studio movies, or am I just becoming more disposed to dislike blockbusters? I don't know, I feel like I would like the Pirates movies now (it's been ages) because they have a discernible identity, don't look like garbage, and are legible. Ditto the Transformers movies, which at least have Bayhem…

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  • A Hidden Life

    A Hidden Life

    ★★★★★

    Brought my brother (Terry fan) and his wife (first-timer) to see this, and they both loved it. Important to note that this is a really weighty movie, but I also kinda loved that? I'm a bit of a masochist, when it comes to film. Give me a burden of overwhelming emotions any day, as long as it's genuine and earned and cathartic. Planning on seeing it one or two more times while it's in theatres, if I can squeeze it.

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

    Only a horndog like Hitchcock could have made the greatest film of all time.