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  • The Thing
  • Phantom Thread
  • Down by Law
  • Shin Godzilla

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  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★

  • Thief

    ★★★★

  • The Mysterians

    ★★★

  • The Keep

    ★★★½

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★½

    There’s a scene in which two of the theatre performers comment on the play’s dialogue and how it sometimes lulls them to sleep—but not in a bad way. This brought to mind a quote I enjoy by director Abbas Kiarostami, saying in part: “I prefer the films that put their audience to sleep in the theater. I think those films are kind enough to allow you a nice nap […] Some films have made me doze off in the theater,…

  • For a Few Dollars More

    For a Few Dollars More

    ★★★★★

    When Lee Van Cleef unravels the arsenal strapped to the side of his horse so he can take a long-shot with his shoulder-stock-mounted revolver… that’s fucking cinema!

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  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★

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

    Fun ride while you’re on it (except when things sort of grind to a halt for an extensive flashback). Craig obviously has a blast with this role and it’s still very fun seeing him in it. I wish it made better use of some of the other cast, though. Ultimately, came away from it thinking “neat!” but don’t think I’ll be dwelling on it for long!

    Fun fact: Miles the tech mogul greets the visitors by playing a rendition of…

  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★★

    Wait wait wait, he directed this and then The Keep? I’m all mixed up! What the fuck!

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  • Late Night

    Late Night

    ★★

    How do you make a movie skewering straight white male comedians and then give a cameo to Bill Maher?!

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    ★★

    Let this film stand as a testament to the fact that Gareth Edwards had the right idea, and as a perfect case study of learning all the wrong lessons from what came before.

    Edwards's film is frequently derided for being a boring slog that doesn't give the fans enough of what they want, i.e. Godzilla, and maybe another monster or two for him to pound on. I myself initially came out of that film feeling mixed about the lacking appearance…