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  • Midsommar
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Empire Strikes Back

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  • Let the Wrong One In

    ★★½

  • Fleishman Is in Trouble

    ★★★★½

  • M3GAN

    ★★★½

  • Sick

    ★★★½

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  • Bad Taste

    Bad Taste

    ★★★★½

    "Shut up, codpiece face."

    Bad Taste is a joyful, exuberant romp and a genuinely great B movie. The dialogue is alternately sharp and intentionally, delightfully dumb. The gore is fantastic. It's exactly what it sets out to be.

    Derek (Peter Jackson), A.I.D.S. agent:
    ✓ convinces an alien he's shooting him by making gun noises
    ✓ makes gun noises while actually shooting him
    ✓ blasts a huge hole in the alien's stomach
    ✓ sticks his Uzi through it
    ✓ blows away…

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    ★★★★½

    Aguirre is incredible. I knew I was going to love it from the opening shot, which is itself incredible: vertiginous mountains, fog, haunting score, strangers in a strange land.

    This is the story of a doomed, futile exercise of hubris in pursuit of a lie, which ultimately serves only to produce misery. Among the many metaphors that drive this home, my favorite is the sedan chairs: You know who brings sedan chairs into the Andes? People who have no idea…

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  • Let the Wrong One In

    Let the Wrong One In

    ★★½

    The practical effects are a hoot (and at both ends of the spectrum, "we put tons of effort into this gore!" and "we didn't, because it's funnier that way"), and there are some good bits, but on the whole this is about 20% as funny as its trailer.

  • Fleishman Is in Trouble

    Fleishman Is in Trouble

    ★★★★½

    Fucking brilliant.

    It starts out seeming like it's going to be more comedic, but with a serious side -- and the delightful intrusion of a seemingly off-genre element (which is something you should endeavor to not have spoiled for you in any way).

    Where it goes, and then arrives, is heavier and more solidly on the drama end of the dramedy spectrum. I've been divorced once, and my parents have been divorced multiple times; this was not an easy watch…

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  • Infra Red Fred

    Infra Red Fred

    ★★½

    This early Edgar Wright short is like Click, but as a Vine, many years before either of those things existed.

  • Tropic Thunder

    Tropic Thunder

    ★★★★½

    "I'm a dude playing a dude, disguised as another dude!"

    Ten years and a few viewings on, I love this movie.

    It's in that same dumb-funny space as Zoolander, Dodgeball, Anchorman, and Step Brothers, and that space is my jam. The only element that has never worked for me, and which hasn't aged well at all, is the shitty, R-word filled Simple Jack running joke. Excise that, and you've got a damned funny action movie parody slash Hollywood satire.

    The…