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  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    ★★★★★

    My latest essay for FilmFisher, where I dive in to the tragic complexities of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. While this isn’t necessarily my favorite bit of writing that I’ve done, it’s certainly the one that caused the most hours of internal wrestling beforehand. What I came out with in the end is this: that Jesse James is a revisionist revisionist Western — in that, hidden under the guise of genre deconstruction, this film actually…

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★

    There’s a 2001 joke in this movie, which is surprising. Even more surprising is that this ending is quite possibly more totally bewildering than that one.

    First impression is that Toy Story 4 pretty dramatically undermines everything its three predecessors nail so wonderfully, and that’s not a good thing. Forky is obviously unparalleled cinema, but I was left feeling a little like a lost toy. I’ll be scratching my head over this one for a while.

    UPDATE: Read my full review here.

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  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    ★★½

    (Extended Edition)

    Scrapes the absolute bare minimum of just how mediocre it can possibly be with over two hours of dreary, feather-light action lacking heft or clarity or coherence to anything that resembles logic. Orcs, giant bats and war pigs don’t occupy our world or Middle-Earth’s, for combatants of real, solid humans never seem to exist in the same space and the laws of physics are defied enough to give Isaac Newton an aneurism. That being said, there’s enough good…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★

    I think I like Spider-Man 3 more than this

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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★½

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

    Alright, I’m not gonna exert a whole lot of effort on this review due to the fact that, to be frank, Roma kind of drained me. I honestly don’t understand the lack of correlation between the universal and uproarious praise Roma has received, my deep appreciation for Cuarón’s work, and my love (or lack of it) for this film. I’m going to go ahead and admit my part in the unforgivable cinematic transgression: I was really, really bored. Sure, the…

  • Crawl

    Crawl

    ★★★

    very scary. very wet. lots of nasty chompery. i feel like macbeth has a soliloquy about this somewhere.

    alternative title idea: Florida Man Enjoys Typical Day In Hellscape He Calls Home