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  • Choose or Die

    ★★★½

  • Reminiscence

    ★★

  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★½

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  • Deep Water

    Deep Water

    ★★★½

    I kind of loved this. So much so I even recommended it to my mother-in-law when she was visiting.

    One would imagine that if one's wife is screwing around with other men so openly - also shamelessly flirting in full view of husband and friends (specifically with men younger than the husband), then one would assume that they have some sort of understanding about it all.
    Unfortunately, Affleck's character never got an official memo declaring it an open marriage, and…

  • Communion

    Communion

    ★★★

    As an avid Christopher Walken fan, Communion made for essential viewing.
    The film itself is not likely to win anyone over, but everything great about Walken - his mannerisms, his vocal delivery, that twinkle in his eye that hints there's more under the hood than one would presume - it's all here.

    Even alien abduction enthusiasts might have found this tedious if Walken wasn't the one experiencing rectal probing and other invasive medical procedures. The man sells it; as he…

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  • Choose or Die

    Choose or Die

    ★★★½

    Genuinely surprised I enjoyed this. Some are comparing it to the Saw franchise (unfavourably), a franchise that never appealed to me, but this Saw/Ring themed crossover was more my jam.

    It starts off with a thumping industrial techno beat score over a pretty cool credit intro, and to my delight, the score permeated throughout the film, eventually ending with a similarly cool end-of-movie credits. It really amplified my experience, so I guess I'm a sucker for these simple but effective…

  • Reminiscence

    Reminiscence

    ★★

    Film noirs of old, and neo-noirs anew, are a special kind of breed. Especially the hard-boiled jazzy-blues lone-wolf detective types.
    I don't particularly favour them, but they tend to bring on a calming vibe that never fails to materialize whenever I put on a movie of its ilk. Like elevator music, or the kind of smooth jazz you get in a fancy restaurant.
    It doesn't matter if it's a film noir from the '50s, or a neon-lit sci-fi noir like…

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  • Fresh

    Fresh

    ★★★

    I had gone in blind for this one (before too many reviews started popping up), and before the newer poster made an appearance - that of a well-manicured hand neatly wrapped like fresh meat from the meat-produce section.

    Innocent little me thought this was about the terrible awkward funny, and not so funny, ups and downs of modern dating. With a particular date turning bad - but not this bad! My goodness.. It's one thing to end up being taken…

  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    My knowledge concerning Pokemon(s) never extended to much. Which hasn't changed since my post-film screening either.
    I was aware that it's an anime series, a card game and that, up until recently, adults were 'chasing' Pokemon with their phones. The only reason I know of the latter is because I witnessed colleagues (pre-pandemic times) excited about getting out of the office to find and chase these things with their phones up and down the streets.
    Madness. But to each their…