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  • The Peanut Butter Falcon

    The Peanut Butter Falcon

    ★★½

    LaBeouf and Gottsagen have terrific chemistry together and for a stretch I was even impressed by how unsentimental it all is but boy that sure doesn't last. Had a glimmer of hope when the wrestling training started, as it seemed to imply Zac would learn how to "work" (to use wrestling lingo) and my brain immediately filled in the blanks with an ending about how no matter what abilities you're given you can adapt and use them to your advantage…

  • A Room with a View

    A Room with a View

    ★★★★

    Very simplistic, which does diminish how powerful any emotionally charged scene can be; it all pretty much boils down to "please be less stodgy, British people". But it's told with confidence (those cheeky inter-titles) and basically every single performance is amazing, an insane collection of ridiculous human beings with the emphasis on "human beings". Hard to think of another film that sketches out so many characters this swiftly and efficiently, growing to know (and love!) nearly every single important character…

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  • Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

    Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

    "These guys were outrageous!"
    *Cut to cartoon boobs*
    "You couldn't believe the places they would go."
    *Cut to cartoon boobs*
    "I mean, you had never seen anything like it!"
    *Cut to cartoon boobs"

  • Repulsion

    Repulsion

    ★★★★½

    The first hour or so makes up such a perfect anxiety nightmare that it bummed me out when it went a more typical (albeit eventful) route of "her madness is making her KILL!" The Polanski that made me squirm during mundane scenes in Rosemary's Baby purely through the power of his mise-en-scene is multiplied by five here, to the point where it got too much for me and I had to pause the movie to go do chores. Polanski's famous…