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  • The Wounded Man
  • On the Silver Globe
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  • Demons

    ★★★

  • A Cure for Wellness

    ★★★★

  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

  • The Little Mermaid

    ★★★★½

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  • Casino

    Casino

    ★★★★½

    Perhaps Scorsese’s bleakest film. The antithesis of GOODFELLAS in that Ace Rothstein’s position is never in a place of desirability. With Henry Hill, it’s very easy to see how enticing being a gangster is, given his upbringing. Rothstein may have money and power (for a while), but there’s no sense that he’s happy about any of it; it’s just that power and being in control are two base human instincts that one cannot easily ignore. And as someone who has…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

    ★★★½

    Gunn’s MCU swan song is so much of what these films are rarely allowed to be: a world that feels lived-in, a personality that feels authored, a heart that is genuinely felt, and a vision that is boundlessly creative and doesn’t feel like it was tossed-off to the second unit. It’s not enough to eradicate what these films so often are (busy, overstuffed, garish, setups for future films), but it’s enough to keep those bad attributes toned down to let…

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  • Demons

    Demons

    ★★★

    I’ve always found DEMONS equally fun and frustrating. On the plus side, it’s under 90 minutes, delivers the goopy goods almost immediately, and Claudio Simonetti is a madman on the score. On the downside, there’s far too many characters (all paper-thin), and there’s a proto-SCREAM element here about the effect of horror movies (anachronistic comparison, but it’s almost as if the cold open of SCREAM 2 was adapted to feature length) that is interesting but then is just entirely abandoned.…

  • A Cure for Wellness

    A Cure for Wellness

    ★★★★

    In 2017, I read this as Verbinski’s manifesto on working inside the studio system; a bitter, mean-spirited carte blanche picture that (literally) burns the remainder of his PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN cache to the ground, all while wrapped up in a potent mixture of gothic atmosphere, classical Hammer horror, and ‘80s Italian schlock. 

    Six years later, he currently has no films in pre-production. I still feel confident in that analogy. My sincerest apologies Gore that it appears that THE LONE RANGER broke you, but if that experience brought us to this, then I’m glad it happened and I never thought I’d say that about that movie.

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  • Cruella

    Cruella

    ★★

    They actually needle-dropped “I Wanna Be Your Dog” by The Stooges, and I don’t know whether to roll my eyes or tip my hat.

    (But for real, I rolled my eyes, just as I did in the SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY-esque way she gets her damn name. Just gonna leave this here: youtu.be/LDCjIjsZp_Y)

    More thoughts here: www.thegoodbadwhat.com/blog/cruella-review-we-live-in-a-pawciety

  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★★½

    Chipbargo lifted. 

    Like a mixture of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? and a PG-rated version of the M-rated Nintendo 64 game CONKER’S BAD FUR DAY, with a little BOJACK HORSEMAN thrown in for good measure. I’ve often felt that a lot of these “everything but the kitchen sink” approaches to a legacy of other characters and IP have felt like the cinematic equivalent of the ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD pointing meme, but Akiva Schaffer actually manages to take a…