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  • The Holiday

    The Holiday

    ★★

    In the first draft of this movie Kate Winslet was 100% supposed to fall in love with the elderly producer with memory problems.

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★★

    Exactly as special as people say. If you don't know anything about this, just watch it.

    The time loop movie is an existential little subgenre, but even within that group, this movie is *really* existential. But reframing the GROUNDHOG DAY metaphor for improving yourself to, instead, be a metaphor about finding someone who'll make life's monotony worth it is legit awesome.

    Watched on TV.

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  • Barton Fink

    Barton Fink

    ★★★★

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

    Even by Coen standards, this one is a uniquely painful experience. This is their most horror-esque work I've seen, but it's all the buildup of an eerie slasher film without the release of actual scares. There's a pervading sense that the *really* scary stuff is happening somewhere else, just offscreen. Barton himself doesn't have the good sense to be scared--he's too busy lecturing famous writers about wasting their gift, or waxing profound about "the life of the mind."

    Barton has…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★

    A powerfully strange piece of satire with a ton to say. This movie is such a stunningly unique experiment that it couldn't really have failed. That said, it could've used a little more commitment to its mission.

    JOJO RABBIT presents us with an eleven year old boy in Nazi Germany who's utterly obsessed with Fascism and Hitler. He even has an imaginary friend version of hitler in his head, a happy-go-lucky version of the dictator, played by director Taika Watiti.…