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  • On the Rocks

    On the Rocks

    ★★★½

    Seems sort of reductive for so many people to call this Lost in Translation 2, since this is far broader and lighter than Sofia Coppola's other film. If anything, this reminds me more of middle-of-the-road Woody Allen films, however, those would end far sloppier, and likely somewhere closer to Bill Murray's viewpoint.

    The story of a wife worried about her husband possibly cheating on her is just a jumping-off point for Coppola to discuss the gender roles in marriage and…

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★

    For most of The Trial of the Chicago 7, I found this to be a fairly restrained Aaron Sorkin. There weren't a lot of "Sorkin-isms" (the French egg joke still made me cringe), and there weren't grand speeches full of exposition and sly jokes Sorkin felt the need to add in. But then, that ending, which is the most laughable ending I've seen in a while, almost sinks the entire film. When I think back on The Trial of the…

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  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes

    Pear Cider and Cigarettes

    ★½

    Oh boy, my least favorite of any Oscar nominee in any category this year. This thing is awful, pretentious, annoying and bloated. If you make a biographical film, please be aware that your story might not be interesting to anyone other than yourself. Pear Cider and Cigarettes plays like a biography about the director Robert Valley and his friend Techno, yet it makes so many leaps and weird transitions and statements that make no sense. For example, at one point,…

  • Once Upon a Snowman

    Once Upon a Snowman

    ★★★

    If Letterboxd has taught me anything, it's that I have a higher tolerance for Olaf than pretty much everyone else on this site. I am apparently the sole person who actually enjoyed Olaf's Frozen Adventure both times I've seen it, and Olaf is probably my favorite character in both Frozen films. I would dare say I almost like Josh Gad more because of his performance as Olaf.

    So as supposedly Letterboxd's main Olaf-ologist, I'm here to say that Once Upon…