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  • XX

    XX

    ★½

    Anthology movies are difficult, after all for every 'Trick 'r Treat' we get a 'Four Rooms' or 'Twilight Zone: The Movie' or 'New York Stories'. This sub-genre has the tendency to be terribly uneven, even in some of the best cases. Unfortunately, 'XX' is unable to rise above this, and as a matter of fact, somewhat suffers from this worse than any of the prior listed films. From a bare structural level to the thematic idea in putting these four…

  • Picture This

    Picture This

    VERY UNFINISHED DRAFT


    'Picture This' yearns for a simpler time- made perhaps obvious by its attempts to reimagine a classic John Hughes teen-comedy from the 80s. This thing oozes a love for the conventions of that sort of 1980s cheese: teens escape the watchful eye of an authority figure by the sweat of their brow, a romance between the big hottie and the unpopular main character, a message about teens and adults just needing to communicate; hell, this 80s-ness reaches…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    Jesus, this was therapeutic. Who would have thought that at the end of the year, my top two films would be so radically different?- 'Nocturnal Animals': a sort of tribute to nihilism, and this, 'La La Land': perhaps the most joyful film experience of the last decade. Strangely, both contain the theme of reality meeting fantasy in explosive fashion, yet each in extremely dissimilar ways.

    There was something distinctly unique about my screening, as I was watching the film up…

  • The Lego Batman Movie

    The Lego Batman Movie

    ★★★

    'The Lego Movie' is one of the best animated films of the last decade because it is such a fully realized project: it admits that it could be just a product tie-in yet refuses to be so, it points out the "core-values" of Lego through not just the dialogue but though the core messages the film presents, and (perhaps best of all) the movie is just downright funny. While I found 'Storks' to be a lesser release from the studio…