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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★½

    One look at this and I was like, this is not for me. I don't want to watch a sappy romance. But here we go with all the crazy high-praise reviews that just want to smother my repeated ('It looks shit, isn't it shit?'), with
    'Oh it's so much more than it looks', and WOW Lady Ga Ga amirite? :)

    Fuck Lady Ga Ga. She sucks. Her face, and the way she speaks, is relentlessly pretentious. I didn't get something'real'…

  • Mid90s

    Mid90s

    ★★

    Mid90s. Kind of a weird title. Is the film set in the mid 90s? Yeah. Is it about the Mid 90s? No. Is it a definitively, nostalgic lookback at that decade?

    No.

    That's a big one. Some will disagree. But I went into this hoping to go down retro lane, and be reminded of stuff I'd forgotten about. To have the film capture something about that time, an essence, an atmosphere.

    Doesn't do it.

    Instead, we get some little ruffian…

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★½

    Phantom Thread. I'm not one for period romances, but I guess there's plenty that have been done right. I can't think of any good ones for some reason, but I'm sure there are ones out there without sappiness or pretentiousness and that are actually powerful. For a great time during Phantom Thread, I thought we might be headed in that direction.

    I'd have to say maybe 85 percent of the film works just right. Small number of characters that are…

  • Day of the Dead

    Day of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    Wow, that was unexpected.

    Day of the Dead is the very reason I watch films. This is what I'm searching for, exactly. It's so rare to find a new classic film. But I've found one today.

    It's the best zombie movie. The upgrade from Dawn of the Dead is about as big as Dawn's upgrade from Night of the Living Dead. The special FX are actually good in this film. It's gory as hell, one of the most violent films…