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  • How to Irritate People

    How to Irritate People


    Unsurprisingly, this mostly feels like just a longer themed episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus (though the show came later), and like many of them, some pieces are better than others. I actually maybe enjoyed John Cleese's mini monologues in between more than most of the sketches -- they had some very clever bits, while the sketches suffered a little bit from samey-ness, given the consistent theme. This is also the second film from my 1968 project that involved brownface…

  • Brightburn



    OOOF. So this is NOT good. And it's sad, because it's such a great premise and falls off the deep end so quickly. It's not at all clear why Brandon goes evil in the first place -- is he possessed? Was he always a psychopath? We never see him as a "normal child," so we have no idea. It tries to hinge its scariness on the sudden shift on this child's behavior, but since we never saw the before, the…

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis


    Like so many movies by the Coens, I'm not exactly sure what to make of this. I like individual moments, but I'm not certain I can say it hangs together as a whole. My least favorite thing about the Coens has always been their ending choices, which frequently feel like they just abruptly stopped making the movie, rather than actually *ending* their story. That is definitely the case here, and I am once again left unsatisfied and a little puzzled…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy


    At this point, this is my favorite Marvel superhero movie (I had to think for a bit about whether I liked it better than Iron Man, but I'm going to go with yes). It's what I wanted The Avengers to be: a light-hearted adventure with delightful characters and some surprisingly moving emotional moments. And I knew pretty early on I was going to love it. Specifically, the moment where Chris Pratt dances through the alien cave. The humor running throughout…