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|6 69%||Galaxy Express 999 (1979) - Aug 12, 2020
"Take a ride on the Galaxy Express 999! Mingle with space pirates! Visit the saloons of the lunar frontier! See the polar graveyards of Pluto! Befriend naked crystal ladies! Battle many robots! Safety not guaranteed. "
|7 82%||My Cousin Vinny (1992) - Aug 07, 2020
"Likable understated Deep South courtroom comedy that is fairly light on traditional comedic punchlines but has character and charm. Slow start but strong second half with accurate courtroom procedure. Pesci is great but Fred Gwynne actually stood out to me the most. Poor Ralph Macchio is mostly just an extra for the last hour though!"
|6 69%||Palm Springs (2020) - Aug 07, 2020
"The “Groundhog Day” genre has been fairly well explored by this point, but this film manages to mix it up with a few fresh twists - namely multiple people in the loop - and the Lonely Island’s comedic sensibility."
|1 4%||Slender Man (2018) - Aug 04, 2020
"Ironically, I think that Slender Man actually literally coming after me in real life may have been a more enjoyable experience than watching this movie. I don’t even think the problem was it being an internet meme, as any concept can have good or bad execution - but the execution, well. I’d get myself in the 2020 shithouse by saying this could have been livened up by a gratuitous sex or shower scene, but the cinematography is all so fucking dark you wouldn’t have seen anything anyway."
|7 82%||A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) - Jul 28, 2020
"I’ll be honest and say that I barely watched Mr. Rogers as a kid so the big Mr. Rogers nostalgia boom that seems to have sprung up in the last few years mostly misses me. But, that said, this was a good and emotionally effective film, a unique sort of “biopic” structure in the way it sort of uses the highlighted real-life person to bounce the true protagonist’s arc off of. Weird to say that “the Mr. Rogers movie” is smart in not overusing Mr. Rogers, but that’s the case."
|6 69%||The Great Outdoors (1988) - Jul 26, 2020
"Definitely feels like it’s one quick and small rewrite from just subbing in the Griswolds and being “National Lampoon’s Camping Vacation,” but John Candy makes it work. Just be prepared for lots and lots of animal hijinks - bears and raccoons and bats and leeches, oh my!"
|1 4%||Dragon Quest: Your Story (2019) - Jul 17, 2020
"The first 95% or so of the film is a cheesy but pretty accurate, cheerfully doofy and eager-to-please-fans adaptation of Dragon Quest V. It then concludes with one of the worst twists and endings I’ve seen in any film in my life, a truly “how did they ever in a million years think this was what ANYONE wanted?!” catastrophe of ill-conception. If I was less a casual and more a hardcore Dragon Quest fan I’d have chucked my TV in the garbage. "
|6 69%||Ni No Kuni (2019) - Jul 17, 2020
"Wildly generic and cheesy fantasy in the “portal to another world” (i.e. Narnia, Alice in Wonderland) mode, filtered through a Ghibli art style. It’s definitely not all that GOOD, and I’m probably overrating it even with my middling-positive score. But here’s the thing: I FUCKING LOVE GENERIC FANTASY"
|7 82%||A Whisker Away (2020) - Jul 17, 2020
"I kinda found Muge peppy to the point of annoyingness and was weirded out by how it constantly seemed Hinode was about to fuck his cat. But outside of that the movie has a ton of visual and tonal and fantastical charm. It balances its real world teen romance elements and magical elements well, and the Cat Island setting of the finale is just so excellently... Japanese. Like, a movie containing that setting would just never come out of any other country."
|4 42%||Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020) - Jul 17, 2020
"It is decently fun whenever Robbie or McGregor are onscreen, but the scenes without either are consistent deadly and there are more of them than you’d think. Ending carnival house scene kinda came across as second-rate John Wick. Egg sandwich did admittedly look real good."