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  • Solaris
  • Blade Runner
  • Thief
  • Phantom of the Paradise

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★½

  • The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians

    ★★★

  • The Kid Detective

    ★★★★

  • C'est pas parce qu'on a rien à dire qu'il faut fermer sa gueule !

    ★★★½

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★½

    Part of me really feels like I ought to rate this movie lower. While the acting is solid, the camerawork great, and the music interestingly chosen, the dialogue is absolutely tortured to death. 

    It’s not even quite that it’s awful (although at times it is), or even that nobody talks like this (they don’t), but that it’s smack dab in the uncanny valley. These people in this movie should not talk this way. It consistently does not make any sense…

  • The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians

    The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians

    ★★★

    A strange little comedy film that has multiple moments of slapstick brilliance, but also ends up strung along to a point that starts to get a bit tiring by the last act.

    Essentially the story of a famed opera singer who comes to a small village to recuperate and decides to go investigate the local castle after hearing that it might be haunted. Ultimately he comes to believe that the lost love of his life might be imprisoned there as…

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  • The Kid Detective

    The Kid Detective

    ★★★★

    A much heavier watch than I would have expected going in (although I was forewarned as much). Kid Detective constantly disarms with clever, quippy dialogue and flashbacks to our protagonist’s prior life as the town’s sleuthy crime-solving hero. 

    Lurking under that facade, is a story of grief, loss, and failure. An attempt to overcome the lost dreams of childhood and disappointment that adulthood can bring. 

    That said, it’s a great facade that strings the viewer along easily even as it…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    Coming to the party very late on this but I’ve finally seen it and it really is a very very good film. After watching it my wife turned to me and said that it just might be Tarantino’s best.

    Part of me wants to instantly reject that conclusion, if for no other reason than that I didn’t come to it first. But as an entire piece of storytelling, considered as a complete work? She might just be right. 

    No surprise,…