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  • Waves

    Waves

    ★★★★★

    Operatic and Shakespearean in all the ways that I love to see family melodramas but also with such a deeply empathetic human core and vivacious stylistic verve that I found completely undeniable from beginning to end. The needle-drops in this are NEXT FUCKING LEVEL

    At every given corner, Trey Edward Shultz's Waves became exactly what I never expected it to. At one moment it made me get introspective and depressed as hell, the next it launched into a full blown…

  • Magnolia

    Magnolia

    ★★★★★

    I've made it a tradition to watch this film every year on my birthday. It's a way of still making it special for myself and up to this point it's been incredibly effective. I love everything about this film. Literally EVERYTHING.

    With PTA recently saying he wishes he would have chilled out and made a shorter film here, it only brought to mind why I love this film so much. It feels like its made without clear forethought. It's built…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ½

    LMAO this movie's even worse than I remember it. My S/O and I thought it might be fun to get crossed and shit-watch this on my birthday (they hadn't seen it yet).

    Some fun notes:

    - Roughly 75% of the narrative of this film is dictated by Rey just wandering off from the group at random moments of the film like an absolute moron with no explanation.

    - The lightsaber fight between Kylo and Rey is hands down the most…

  • Justice League Dark: Apokolips War

    Justice League Dark: Apokolips War

    ★★★

    Clumsy in how big it tries to be in places and annoyingly slight in others, this still manages to be a decently rousing final endeavor for what has been one of the most consistently adequate animated franchises. The gore is fun, the go-for-broke ending battle sequences are gob-smacking but the ending is just...there. There is still something about it that feels so rushed yet also dragging. It's a problem I've had with quite a few of these films but it becomes even more apparent here. But also keeping in tradition with all the other films, this is still a brisk and well-worth-the-trip animated film.

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  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    I'm not really sure how to say this without sounding like I have some sort of anti Marvel Studios agenda or that I just hate having fun but.....Thor: Ragnarok is one of the worst, most profoundly annoying superhero films I've seen.

    Let's just start with the problems that I've had with the MCU, in general, that bleed over into this film. First off: this film, conceptually, has some of the biggest stakes that have ever been in an MCU film,…

  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

    The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

    ★★★★★

    "I Love You,
    I Forgive You,
    Forgive Me,
    Thank You,
    Goodbye."

    (^Those were also the exact words that the grief counselor told me to say when my father, whom I had a very difficult relationship with, was dying)

    Goddamnit, he did it! Baumbach fucking did! He peaked here. Any filmmaker should wish that their peak could be this fucking amazing.

    I expected greatness but I didn't expect catharsis on this level. The Meyerowitz Stories is Baumbach's most mature, most humane,…