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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★

    Blade Crawler is more like it. I can't stand any movie that is so aesthetically full of itself (the farting sound design, omnipresent since Sicario, is really getting out of hand), yet remains deeply entrenched in plot + expositional dialogue that I can barely make sense of what's going on. Same w the critical reactions: If all you can praise is the cinematography + set design (which are indeed gorgeous), and not how the story conveys the mysteries of being…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★

    Boy, this movie is ugly. Not in the technical sense of looks + feels, but rather where the lifeless story finds life. My initial reaction upon leaving the theater was 3 stars, perhaps to reflect these technical achievements, but writing this review a couple days later only reproduces the ugliness, the misguided nihilism, the outlook that humanity is irredeemable, especially when pushed to our extremes. As if to bludgeon home this ugliness, which I can accept as an outlook (I'm…

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  • Always Shine

    Always Shine

    ★★★★★

    I just watched a movie that I've been wanting to write for 2 years. Back to the drawing board.

  • It

    It

    ★★

    An overreaching rating since this movie is really worth 1 1/2 stars. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately in this case, 1 star is typically reserved for movies w serious moral / ethical affronts, and this one doesn't exactly have too many of those. At the same time, 2 stars is too generous for cobbled heaps of manure that check off all conceivable genre boxes, force you to laugh at all the wrong places, and leave you slightly more worried for humanity…