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  • Hotel by the River

    Hotel by the River

    ★★½

    sad boys reax only

    It's definitely a film that you would get more out of by knowing the ending beforehand but it's short enough to maybe warrant a rewatch. Hong Sang Soo films are usually a lot more fun when you wake up in cold sweat because you took a 10 minute power nap in between scenes. I guess I should bring less coffee next time.

  • Love, Simon

    Love, Simon

    ★★★½

    I am disappointed in just how dirty the third act did to the supporting characters. All the different subplots that they established before were thrown out in service of a middling Blue reveal. The hinting of Simon’s friend liking him was completely thrown out the window. The transfer kid’s backstory seemed like it was used as window dressing. There seemed to be too many parallels between everybody’s struggle for them to just drop them all because Simon needed to feel…

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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ½

    I'm so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so tired of nostalgia being a replacement for story. Of spectacle being a replacement for story. Of fandoms being a replacement for story. If Spielberg had a ghost director, he needs to get a new one because there's no way on God's green Earth that this was made with absolutely any sense of direction. Ask yourself, what’s the…

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★

    It feels wrong to fault the film for its absurdist humor because it is writer-director Martin McDonagh's and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's biggest strength. This is the man, after all, who gave us the Colin Farrell film where he does nothing but bitch about this little fairytale town in Belgium. But every time McDonagh tries to dip his toe into emotional waters, you know the story where somebody's daughter got raped and murdered, he doesn't commit. The film is…