Mandy Albert

I teach English. I like to watch movies and complain about them. I write the monthly Raspberry Picking column at Alternate Ending dot com.

Favorite films

  • The Wicker Man
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Amadeus
  • Some Like It Hot

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  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    ★★½

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★

  • Tangled

    ★★★★

  • Frozen

    ★★★

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  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    ★★½

    I’d still rather watch 2.5 hours of gloomy, dour Wakanda than 2.5 hours of Goofy Thor, but will someone please use some of this movie’s eleventy gazillion dollar budget to purchase a decent effects guy and a few nice bright lights?

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★

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

    I’m a little mystified as to how Martin McDonaugh & Co can film severed fingers with more tenderness and love than the Irish countryside.

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  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    ★★★★½

    We can talk about the story and characters and all that dumb stuff once we are done talking about how jaw-droppingly gorgeous this thing is, and we won’t ever be done with that.

    In 200 years, Snow White will still look like art, and every 3D animated movie will look like a big old plasticky pixelated butt.

  • Barbarian

    Barbarian

    ★★★★½

    There is one element of the plot that I don’t totally understand why it has to be there, but I have no other complaints.  A couple stray observations.

    1. Zach Cregger understands light better than just about any horror director working in the 21st century.

    2. I’ve never cried at the end of a horror movie before.