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  • The Haunting of Bly Manor

    The Haunting of Bly Manor

    Well, I liked "Hill House" better (felt more emotionally/thematically grounded), but if they do a third series on a level with "Bly Manor", I am 10000% watching it.

  • Last Christmas

    Last Christmas

    I liked this movie. And I really don't like Christmas movies. (I avoid most Christmas stuff.) I watched it because Emilia Clarke + Emma Thompson + Paul Feig. Watching things for their components doesn't always work out, but in this case, I was rewarded on all counts. I didn't know any of the press lead-up to the film, so I didn't know there was going to be a twist, nor did I anticipate one. But I was waiting for *something*—because…

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  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★★

    Now seen it twice. Loved it the first time through getting the reveals; loved it the second time through seeing how perfectly it tracked. Loved everything else about it both times. Just wonderful on so many levels. May return to this review to list specific praises. For now, just gushing.

    UPDATE: If you're into movie commentaries, I just (belatedly) found out that Rian Johnson released his "Knives Out" director's commentary (audio only), for free, here: knivesout.movie/#commentary
    It's really nice. He's…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Too many thoughts. Most don't improve with time, I'm afraid. Even bits I want to like (good performances from wonderful actors and some beautiful visuals) are horribly soured by other factors. The main word in my head re: the writing/directing/producing is: "COWARDLY".