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  • Funny Ha Ha

    Funny Ha Ha

    I don't want to give this a star rating as I didn't give it a fair shake But I did not finish this when I sat down to watch it - possibly another time I'll be more in the mood for it.

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    ★½

    ....eh.

    A lot of incredibly talented people were involved in basically every aspect of this film, and yet I came away from it knowing (quite like the first one) that I have no desire to see it again, or try and understand anything deeper from the story. Some of the set design is absolutely wonderful, and I do like how we have a (male) lead protagonist who is quiet and calm and uncomfortable in his own skin. But it was…

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  • Your Name.

    Your Name.

    ★★★★★

    I can't get over how beautiful this film looks. Every shot is a stunner, and some of the lighting effects and textures are so hyper-realistic. As a narrative it moves along at a fast clip, and as a sci-fi (ish) film, I only got confused like twice. The gravity of the allusion to the 2011 earthquake hit hard but was dealt with very carefully. And can we talk about the wonderful plot device of keeping diaries on a smartphone? I…

  • The Armstrong Lie

    The Armstrong Lie

    ★★★★

    Pretty riveting documentary - everyone loves a villain - and pretty beautifully shot and edited with great use of recent and older archival footage. Unsettling to watch during le Tour de France, but of course that's what reminded me to watch it in the first place.