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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★★

    NINE THINGS ABOUT JOKER

    1. Joker is not a Batman movie.

    2. The movie uses names from the Batman universe, but that was really kind of arbitrary. If they used other names, the movie wouldn't have been any different.

    Change Thomas Wayne to Daddy Warbucks and Bruce Wayne to Annie. It would still be the same movie.

    3. There are no superpowers. No comic book exaggerations. No epic battles. No foreshadowing of big adventures ahead.

    4. The movie is simply…

  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★★★

    NINE THINGS ABOUT SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

    1. This is one of my favorite MCU movies.
    It is a direct sequel to Avengers: Endgame; if you are someone who watches the Spider-Man movies but avoids the Avengers movies, then parts of it will be a head-scratcher for you.

    2. The first half of the movie did not make me think I was going to like it. It is mostly a Disney romantic comedy about a group of high school kids…

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★½

    NINE THINGS ABOUT AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

    1. "Avengers: Infinity War" is made purely for fanboys and fangirls. If you are one of them, you already love this movie more than you love your mother, and you loved it that much before you even saw it. So you don't need to read the other Eight Things below. It's written for normals, and will probably just piss you off.

    2. This movie is the 19th in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first…

  • Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    ★★★★

    This lurid and bizarre thriller is notable for several reasons: First, it was directed by William Asher, who was better known for the beach movies of the 1960's and tons of television shows. Also, it starred teenage heartthrob Jimmy McNichol (as a bonus, a young Bill Paxton also co-stars).

    But the most notable thing about this movie is the plot, which wanders from sexual repression, to murder, to homophobia and incest. This was a lot for a slasher film to…