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  • Hearts Beat Loud

    Hearts Beat Loud

    I’m generally allergic to “slick faux-naturalism” indies and after 15 minutes I thought this thing was going to drive me away from the medium of film forever. By the end I thought it might be one of my favorites of the year,

    Yes, there’s some overly spelled out themes (though who better to spell them than Ted Danson). And a few moments ever too close to contrived. But man does this thing have a crushing power that it mostly earns…

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    This prequel is bad in different ways than “the prequels” but still kind of crazy to not learn your lesson as a franchise the first time around. “You need a nickname” made me want to break a sidewalk in half. Can’t fully hate a movie with a train action setpiece though, even if this one really underutilized its coolest, most unique device. 

    Best thing about it is how it makes me appreciate Last Jedi even more. How did that thing get made in this blockbuster landscape? Seeming more like a miracle every day.

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  • The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield series was my personal Star Wars. This is my prequel trilogy.

  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    Everybody Wants Some!!

    ★★★★★

    Watching this already feels like returning to an old favorite. I think Linklater's true skill is making everything feel like the precipice of something else, the transitions in life captured as unassuming moments.