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|45 18%||Mank (2020) - Apr 20, 2021
"Anachronistic to the point of distraction, Fincher's meticulous digital style looks so out of place in studio-era Hollywood, and it's not something that B&W fixes. The dialogue is clearly trying to channel the sharp wit of classic Hollywood but mostly comes off as insufferable. (Maybe Jack's script sucked and David was afraid to change any of it?) Every time Orson Welles was on screen I wish it was a biopic about him - by far the more interesting person regardless of who wrote Kane."
|80 81%||Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) - Apr 19, 2021
"It's hard to assess the political accuracy and the extent of stifling the revolutionary influence of the Panthers when you're already leftpilled (you sort of subconsciously fill in the gaps yourself), but I can't say I noticed any glaring missteps. Probably about as good as you could expect from something running the typical awards circuit."
|70 56%||Over the Fence (2016) - Apr 18, 2021
"First Nobuhiro Yamashita I've seen and I already feel like this will shape up to be an interesting body of work. At times it almost feels unsympathetic to the stragglers of society that it's depicting, but that could also be part of the self-loathing that everyone's working through. Joe Odagiri works the deadbeat dad angle as good as anyone."
|80 81%||Sekai no chûshin de, ai o sakebu (2004) - Apr 18, 2021
"There's nothing I haven't heard before as tragic teen dramas come and go, but I've never seen it filmed so beautifully. This really is Noboru Shinoda's film all the way through, from the nostalgic flashbacks with splashes of color in every corner of the screen, to the cold, rainy, but strangely beautiful present."
|85 90%||Dirty Money (1972) - Apr 18, 2021
"In his final film, Jean-Pierre Melville ascends to an almost otherwordly perfection of the suffocatingly cold atmosphere of his late career. Even as the heist antics start to get more outlandish (where'd they get that helicopter?!), the cops and robbers chase never felt as elegant as it does here. At only 90 minutes, the character buildup before the central heist and the subsequent unraveling of plans is a bit rushed, but Alain Delon's eyes still speak volumes about his character."
|70 56%||Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) - Apr 13, 2021
"Didn't have the characters of the previous few, and the characters that did exist were mostly diet versions of the Mothra characters. The effects work keeps getting better though - very satisfying explosions."
|75 69%||Mothra (1961) - Apr 12, 2021
"Leftists keep trying to make Avatar a thing when this is true anti-imperialist pop cinema. Looks great in full-color Tohoscope."
|65 42%||King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) - Apr 11, 2021
"As we move further away from the bleak post-war destruction of the original, may as well have a bit of fun in the process. The boulder hurling and comically weird pharma guy were the main draws for sure. The satire of over-the-top TV productions isn't all that obvious to me, but the ridiculous search for an earth-destroying creature as a brand mascot seems to have aged pretty well."
|60 32%||Pieces of a Woman (2020) - Apr 08, 2021
"The most interesting parts were what they decided not to show - the woman's the center of the story, so if the Shia LaBeouf husband exits her life, we don't have to see how his story resolves. Not sure a 30-minute pregnancy scene was all that necessary or watchable but the title drop that far in was cool. As always Benny Safdie is the man"
|60 32%||Godzilla Raids Again (1955) - Apr 07, 2021
"Doesn't do many of the interesting things that the first one does, and also doesn't do anything that the first one didn't do."