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  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    ★★★½

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

    It was a fun continuation of the Breaking Bad series. It picks right up where season 5 left off and follows Jesse's escape. It is typical Breaking Bad quality and felt like an extended episode. Incredible acting from Aaron Paul- but I wondered why it was necessary right now. The theme seems to be finding salvation through cutting ties with your past evils, but it rings a little hollow.

    I think a more compelling movie would have been a prequel to Breaking Bad. Something that shows early Walter White and the glimpses of what would become Heisenberg.

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★

    Under the Silver Lake is an amusing, but brutal critique of pop culture, both producers and consumers, and the maniacal and fragmented attention span of the world.

    While the film seems to adore old Hollywood, it's notable that an A24 film took some serious stabs at "new" Hollywood here. It's safe to say that Under the Silver Lake and the other A24 films will continue to be ignored at the Oscars next year.

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  • Christmas at Pemberley Manor

    Christmas at Pemberley Manor

    ★½

    I liked the part where, and I hope this isn’t too much of a spoiler, Elizabeth stabs Santa to death.

  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    ½

    A film of very little value. It's neither a coming-of-age story, nor, as best I can tell, a black comedy. There's no hero, no redemption, no story. Empty.