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  • My Cousin Vinny
  • High and Low
  • The Big Lebowski
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  • Bros

    ★★★½

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

  • Women in Cages

    ★★★

  • The Big Doll House

    ★★½

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  • Bros

    Bros

    ★★★½

    “And you never mentioned the bisexuals! Not even once!” - Tim Meadows from Walk Hard / Jim Rash from this movie in the ultimate single bit running gag mash up.

    Billy Eichner was really good, but the romcom about Guy Branum is the one that would blow minds.
    “Were you into it?”
    “No, but what else was I doing?”

    Super fun time at the movies! What can I say, I’m a sucker for romance, jokes and queer theory! Sweet, semi-original,…

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

    Little sister sees
    big sister climb trees past clouds
    and jumps to follow.

    Magic is alive,
    fluffy and kind, a cat bus 
    flies you anywhere.

    Totoro sleeps, dreams
    a tiny bean bouncing free
    safe, silly, aloft.

    [watched at New Bev with a fun group at a kids matinee - transportive, unique, simple, perfect, like a sliver of thin dark chocolate. How many films - let alone animated ones - focus on INTERNAL conflict? Brilliant - and cute as heck!]

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  • Pearl

    Pearl

    ★★★½

    I’m here for any secretly filmed movie - applying economies of scale to smaller films is a super compelling idea that could go even further.

    Looooved the monologues and the croc - big monologue (and croc) head here.

    Guess I’m more of a 70s guy than a 30s guy though…

    Some incredible sequences and an interesting thematic through-line w/ X of how cinema (or, more broadly, spectacle) can infect people with fantasy and expectation - but some parts felt a…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    This not being dumped on Paramount+? That’s miracle no. 1. Seeing Tom Cruise in IMAX after the plague? That’s miracle no. 2.

    Get me in a fantasy dog fight football league ASAP! First pick: Hangman’s toothpick.

    Cheesy, exciting, old school - and exactly what the doctor ordered. This is the only movie studio execs can call “muscular filmmaking” without making me wanna retch. I missed seeing you run, Tom - thanks for holding out so we could see…