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  • Bamboozled

    Bamboozled

    ★½

    When this started, I really thought I was going to love it. I mean the whole late '90s aesthetic, the Brechtian style of addressing the audience, the idea of combining all this with biting racial satire, it sounded great. The final product, I feel, is a very strange experience, and one that doesn't really leave you with any particularly enlightening tidbits of information. This film has a very important message: that under the monied interests of the entertainment industry, the…

  • Underworld

    Underworld

    ★★★★

    If the rest of Sternberg's films are at least this level of quality, I'm in for a good month (I'm watching through a bunch of his films in April). "Underworld" has a plethora of well-delivered silent performances, moody visuals, and plenty of ideosyncracies. This is low-key one of the great early crime films, and I'd say it's a fairly unknown one. My biggest problem with this is that the romance was a bit underdeveloped. If this movie was longer, it…

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★½

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

    To quote William Friedkin, "If that is a masterpiece, then what is Citizen Kane?"

    This film is not only not the reinvigorating opus that everyone seems to think it is, it isn't even a particularly good movie.

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse suffers from a variety of problems that are too painfully obvious to ignore. Most noticeably: plot holes. The various Spider-People that Miles encounters in the film all seem to know where Miles and the others are at any point,…

  • Wooden Crosses

    Wooden Crosses

    This is the war film to end all war films. It is bleak and horrifying, and it does its job as an anti-war film so well that I'd like to see anyone wanting to get into the military not second guess themselves after watching it. Every body that drops has a profound weight to it, and with some of the best cross-fades in the history of cinema, its visual literacy is superb.