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  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★½

    Anyone who knows me knows I have a complicated relationship with the King of Twee Wes Anderson. His quaint, cutesy characteristics and trademarks annoy me more than I find them endearing which is the effect they have on most viewers, it seems. But I think they lend themselves slightly better to his animated films as it feels more organic.

    "Isle of Dogs" is very good, though I still have more problems with it than most viewers it seems. I'll echo…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is surely going to divide those who know me. I know people who will absolutely agree with this and people who will fight me hard on this. That alone makes the film worth viewing. Kind of.

    Nostalgia is just an easy thing to package and sell. It's why shows like "Stranger Things" are popular and shows like "Will & Grace" and "Roseanne" are coming back to high ratings. But this nostalgia is commonly mistaken for quality. Just because one understands…

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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    A mysterious alien seductress preys on the men of Scotland. Third time seeing this film and it's definitely my favorite of 2014. This film is breathtaking in every regard. It's definitely one of the greatest films of the new millennium if not the greatest not made by Wong, Lynch, or Weerasethakul. This is what the mad glory of cinema is all about.

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★★

    A down-on-his-luck screenwriter becomes the kept man of a deranged silent film star planning her return to the screen as Salome. The greatest film ever made, and I finally got to see it on the big screen tonight. The script is bitter, wickedly funny, and as cynical as a script can get with Joe Gillis being the best of all film noir narrators. William Holden fuels Gillis with self-loathing and caustic, witty charm to make him a crazy sort of…