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  • The Night Comes for Us

    The Night Comes for Us

    ★★★

    A meditation on butcher knives.

  • Rumor Has It...

    Rumor Has It...

    This movie can only be understood within the context of the nineties / early aughts romantic comedy tradition, and also somehow The Graduate, which is more interesting than the movie itself.

  • The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars

    Didn’t think I’d ever be weirded out by a romantic scene set in the Anne Frank House.

  • Toy Story 3

    Toy Story 3

    ★★★★

    Gets a whole new layer of meaning knowing what we know about “I’m a hugger” Lotso/Lasseter.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★

    Dani clearly doesn’t have the tools to deal with her trauma, and then she learns how the Swedish folk people do it.

    A little muddled by all the relationship stuff, the drugs stuff, the slow build-up to not even that much tension, and maybe even by all the wonderful imagery (seems like the director had about one thematic idea and a gazillion cinematic ideas, including an uncannily close real life rendition of Dutch indie game duo Vlambeer’s logo). I thought it was funny too.

  • Mary Poppins Returns

    Mary Poppins Returns

    ★★

    Ben Whishaw is great in this, and I was touched by his character's story of forgetting (through fatherhood and loss), then remembering (mostly because of his children) the child-like way of looking at the world. But then they padded the whole thing with boring songs trying to remake an ancient movie.

    One star for Ben, one star for Dick.

  • I Am Mother

    I Am Mother

    ★★

    Good acting, nice setup, cool robots, someone wrote a plot.

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★

    Act I: boring.
    Act II: messy.
    Act III: pretty fun I guess.

  • Three Identical Strangers

    Three Identical Strangers

    ★★★

    I would’ve preferred to listen to this as a podcast. Maybe in an episodic format all the repetition and unanswered questions would be more bearable.

  • Aladdin

    Aladdin

    ★★★★

    I was twelve and ate spaghetti at a friend's place. I still remember the taste, it must've been overcooked. Then we went to the theater to see Aladdin, I loved it, and afterwards at home I threw up the pasta in nearly undigested form.

    I must be extremely nostalgic for this movie, which I watched dozens of time after the spaghetti incident, mostly in the background; it was one of the Disney films my sisters could talk and sing along…

  • My Adventures by V. Swchwrm

    My Adventures by V. Swchwrm

    Surreal kids’ movie. Got great reviews when it came out, but I find it hard to see why. Slow, boring, sometimes kind of funny but doesn’t really take it anywhere. Not that clever/philosophical either.

  • Twins

    Twins

    ★★★

    What I mostly remembered from the nineties, taping this and watching it maybe dozens of times: Schwarzenegger learning to drive, and Schwarzenegger looking awestruck after sleeping with the girl.

    My impression, so many years later: It still holds up. Schwarzenegger is really funny. That must’ve been a revelation back then?