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  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★½

    Hey, Wes Anderson actually used some angles in this! He's starting to learn some new techniques!

    Wes Anderson's style of comedy is usually hit or miss for me (usually miss for that matter), but I found this one worked nicely. Not sure if it was because the animation allowed for a different sort of quirkiness, or the story was just better than his usual fare. Whatever it was, I enjoyed it. I laughed, I thought about how some people might…

  • Anon

    Anon

    ★★★

    I always find that Andrew Niccol's sci-fi films offer very interesting perspectives on the social issues new tech seems to threaten to inspire. The augmented-reality tech presented in this film would have some amazing advantages, along with some inevitable disasters waiting to happen. From a sci-fi idea perspective, I thought the ideas in this film were fun and thought-provoking. Unfortunately, on the story level, it feels a bit rushed, especially in the second half, and the ending rather anticlimactic. It…

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

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

    While the suspenseful moments were decent, the film ultimately did not work for me at all.

    Firstly, the premise left a lot of questions. I imagine it was trying to be artsy by leaving out any explanations of where these super-eared monsters came from and how the family copes with simple everyday tasks that make noise, like flushing the toilet or sneezing, but it comes across as the writers just being lazy. Also, where do they get food, electricity, clothes,…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ½

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

    Ugh, I hated this movie. Some very interesting ideas, but it was too slow and ultimately went absolutely nowhere. One thing I don't understand is: Why are they all freaked out when the aliens use the word "weapon"? How the heck did they learn that word if it wasn't used before?

    My biggest reason for loathing this film, however, is its ending. It's one of those stupid saved-by-self-from-the-future deus ex machina endings. Aside from not making any real sense as…