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  • Carrie
  • Unbreakable
  • Clerks
  • Ratatouille

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    ★★★★

  • The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story

    ★★★

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    ★★★½

  • Wizard People, Dear Reader

    ★★★★★

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  • Holmes & Watson

    Holmes & Watson

    This film started off alright, but after the initial trial scene everything about the film goes downhill at a terrific pace. Everyone involved had to have known that this sucked. It’s absolutely fascinating how bad this film is. The jokes are as stale as a seven-year-old jar of urine.  

    They try nobly to save things towards the end with a comical musical montage that gave me my only real laugh, but it’s a late hail mary pass with no hope of averting the loss. The actual climax is painful to watch and I want it destroyed.

  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★★★

    Perfect. I love every shot, every choice—this goes places I didn’t expect and then veers off from those to even darker realms. The characters are really well developed and the crisis is allowed to develop with significant tension that builds to a dramatic climax. There is ample symbolism and plenty of really cool shots. There is a thoroughly gruesome eye-stabbing sequence—that eye stuff gets me every time, I should make a list. 

    This film (as were several of my previously…

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    ★★★★

    “Our destinies have been entwined, Elizabeth… but never joined.”

    When this third installment of Pirates of the Caribbean was released, I approached it as someone who felt the whole project from the initial drop was invalid and unnecessary. I’m glad I’ve finally given this series its due, because the whole latter half of this film is remarkable. The ship sinking into the maelstrom after the attack, the descent down the stairs as the ship cracks apart and explodes—those are great…

  • The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story

    The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story

    ★★★

    Nice nostalgia bomb—I enjoy seeing the clips of old shows I used to obsess over and love. Nickelodeon, to some degree, raised me, that is true. However, watching this documentary alone, one would think that Nickelodeon single handedly paved a new way in children’s entertainment and in understanding teenage psychology. I find Nickelodeon to be more of a reflection of cultural value changes and technological shifts, not the progenitor of those alterations. As they describe them in this documentary, it’s…

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  • Carrie

    Carrie

    ★★★★★

    Some incredible sequences in this, most notably the epic prom scene. The use of closeups, split screen, and delayed timing are phenomenal—well worth studying. With just a brief portion that gets bogged down, the pacing is mostly fantastic. The Stephen King book that this is based on is unique in that it uses news clippings and the like to show the event from various perspectives. This film is able to transpose that feeling into film in a remarkable way. It’s a film that offers its treasures anew with each watch.

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★★

    Pure distracting fun. The multiverse elements are super enjoyable. Benedict Cumberbatch is so good as Doctor Strange and the batch of returning villains are at top form as well. The Tom Holland / Zendaya moments are not the strongest, particularly in the ending, but overall it’s a swift and fun story. The effects are exquisite. The action is great.