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  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    ★★★★

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

    Is this the only comedy sequel to come out more than a decade after the previous installment and actually work? I think it is.

    This was never going to be as good as the first one, which remains perhaps the finest pure comedy of the century. Just based on the construction alone, with the more cleanly plot-driven narrative and clearly set up character arcs, it was not going to have the spontaneity of the original. Another unfortunate thing is that…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★½

    It's only been a couple days and I'm already liking it less than I already did. Feels like Kaufman's laziest exploration of his favorite pet themes (identity, memory, mortality, lonely and depressed guys in general) with a half-assed The Usual Suspects conceit.

    I think part of my issue with Kaufman between this and Synecdoche is they lack the emotional complexity and three-dimensional vitality of his earlier screenplays (which is also in Anomalisa for a bit, though I want to note…

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  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★½

    So this acquaintance on Facebook shared a meme about how Tobey Maguire was a bad Spider-Man and the Raimi films have aged poorly, I commented how I felt Spider-Man 2 is better than every other Marvel film. Apparently that struck a nerve and they blocked me. Worth it as far as I'm concerned, Spider-Man 2 is too damn good for that kind of disrespect.

  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★½

    A lot of superhero sequels look to raise the stakes, broaden their scope, and arbitrarily force their characters to act miserable just for the sake of pretending it's The Empire Strikes Back or The Dark Knight. Sam Raimi waited until the third film to do that, and instead made what is arguably the standard by which all subsequent superhero films are held. Almost everything in this film is a consequence of the first: Peter taking on the duty of being…