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|66 26%||Knives Out (2019) - Dec 07, 2019
"A fairly fun who-dunnit that's basic, but not pretentious, and has the right amount of 'subverted expectations'. As enjoyable as the story is, it's the characters who are a problem: the film fawns over its lead, making her 101% flawless, to the point where she seems unreal -- in a film where all other characters are unreal stereotypes, a main character who I can identify with would be nice."
|83 72%||Marriage Story (2019) - Dec 07, 2019
"Horror film of the year. Looks at the divorce more from the (more totally fucked over) male perspective, but gives equal compassion and room for empathy for both of the couple, along with interjections from their child and other family members. Baumbach has stripped away whatever twee dialogue and pedestrian tone I've seen him operate in before, Marriage Story is a mostly explosive and fraught affair, with career highs from Driver and Johansson. I can't wait to not get married!"
|66 26%||Mission: Impossible (1996) - Dec 03, 2019
"Very rudimentary in comparison to the thrills of the acrobatic action work of the later sequels -- this film actually makes up for its lack of action scenes by having double-triple-quadruple-crosses, and having seen this after seeing all the sequels, this is very tiring. Has great moments, such as the bonkers ending action scene, and the espionage centre-piece that's equally thrilling and the right kind of goofy."
|68 31%||Thunder Road (2018) - Dec 03, 2019
"Jim Cummings could very well be the next Julianne Moore, though instead of crying in every film, he cries in every scene. A tad too dramatic on that level, plus the courtroom scene MAKES NO SENSE, but it's otherwise an involved little indie darling with a committed performance."
|62 19%||Road Games (1981) - Dec 03, 2019
"Very average and not well directed for its genre -- seems more like a blockbuster adventure than a horror, due to some obnoxiously overly done music, though some suspenseful moments are handled well (and the final shot shocker is a hoot). The psychology of the under-slept and overly-skeptical truckie works fairly well with some helpful imagery and sound design to amplify it, though it's Jamie Lee Curtis who is horrifically under-developed and plays out more like a plot-point than a character."
|94 96%||Savage Messiah (1972) - Nov 30, 2019
"Ken Russell has made even zanier films about artists before, but this one gets to the heart of them more than any of his others. Henri mostly offers the comedy ying to Sophie's dramatically pained yang, but there's plenty of overlaps to make this more complicated. The need for artistry is bursting through a work of art like this, but the somewhat unconventional romance just about takes centre focus, its intensity deeply felt through very committed performances."
|94 96%||The Irishman (2019) - Nov 30, 2019
"The usual Scorsese bombastic style and approach here has a quiet undertone of uneasiness, which is then very much put to the foreground in the film's second half, directly conveying what has never been so vulnerable and so uncomfortably existential from this director, these actors, or this screenwriter before -- this film just gets better and better as it goes on. All performances are great, though the three leads are extraordinary in their own ways, contributing to both grandiosity and closure."
|66 26%||21 Bridges (2019) - Nov 25, 2019
"This kind of film has been made in all sorts of ways before, but this one is at least sharp, eloquent, and competently entertaining. Nothing new thematically or technically, but still an enjoyable thriller that amps up the tension over the night in takes place in."
|58 13%||Doctor Sleep (2019) - Nov 16, 2019
"Starts decently enough, showing the sins of the father passed onto the child with a grown-up Danny struggling with alcoholism, which the film somewhat intelligently relates to his 'shining' abilities. After one properly horrifying and upsetting moment, the film soon devolves further and further into nonsensical blockbusterisation, before it just starts sucking The Shining's dick. "REMEMBER THIS SCENE? REMEMBER THIS CHARACTER?? CREEPY CORPSE LADY, LOL""
|84 76%||The Report (2019) - Nov 14, 2019
"All meat and no fat, there's no distractions here as we get as involved in the investigation, debates, arguments, and mounds of paper-work as Daniel Johns does. Emotionally tempered and doesn't cheapen any of the nastier characters, this is quite the dedicated ode to the revealing and shocking titular report."