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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

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

    An anxiety whirlwind even [moreso?] a second time. Holy shit.

    Everything is amplified once you’ve already seen it. Somehow that works, I dunno. The tension is more tense, the bad decisions are more heart wrenching, and the catharsis (such as it is) is more relieving.

    Notes from the post-film Q&A at Mel’s Drive-In:

    1. Most people left before the credits were over and I don’t blame them; I almost forgot about it too lol, the movie just teleports you.

    2.…

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★★★★

    I loved Birds of Prey. More than I was expecting, like on a deeper level it connected with me. I was expecting it to be a real fun time with a great cast -- and it was -- but I loved the characters more than I expected to, I felt immersed in the vibe of the Gotham City that it built (which I think might be my favorite Gotham) and it had a very, very strong screenplay at its core.…

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  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse

    Resident Evil: Apocalypse

    ★½

    I’m giving this a higher rating than it deserves just* for the church scene where Milla Jovovich rides a motorcycle through the stained glass window, then sends the motorcycle at a Licker which somehow raises them both vertically into the air, at which she then shoots two bullets, which explode both upon impact. Unlike every other action beat in this movie, the camera holds on something (the bullets) for longer than half a second.


    *and also Mike Epps’ “shit is custom” Golden Guns and his GTA line.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    Two of our very finest actors giving two of the best performances of the year. If it were up to me I’d throw all applicable Oscars at The Lighthouse, the stellar sophomore film by Robert Eggers, who already proved his chops with his debut masterpiece The VVitch.


    Just like his previous film, the dialogue in The Lighthouse is inspired directly by logs, letters and other sources from the period in which it is set. And it is incredible. There are so many…