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The Shape Of Water

Viewed: 06 Mar 2021
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Listed in: Movies, hulu

It's a novel mashup, Amélie falling in love with Creature from the Black Lagoon. far more whimsical and lighter than expected. And horny.


The Gift

Viewed: 27 Feb 2021
Directed by: Joel Edgerton
Listed in: Movies, netflix

Fine, until the bullshit unacceptable ending. It's garbage and it should be forgotten about. I am sorry to have watched it.


Nomadland

Viewed: 26 Feb 2021
Directed by: Chloé Zhao
Listed in: Movies, hulu

Easy to watch, extraordinarily naturalistic. It feels like a documentary on the van life Francis McDormand now lives after reduced demand for drywall. Big wide open Great Basin countryside, with the foray into an Amazon warehouse, or kitchen at Wall Drugs, or dead town. Swankie and Linda May are great at playing a version of themselves. America the beautiful.


Four Lions

Viewed: 20 Feb 2021
Directed by: Chris Morris
Listed in: Movies, library

Chris Morris's shaky cam jihadist comedy. It hits some of the right notes but overall it’s a chore. Mostly it's not funny enough. Maybe you need to be British.


Blue Ruin

Viewed: 15 Feb 2021
Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier
Listed in: Movies, netflix

Upon rewatch it remains as intense and gut wrenching. So much tension built up from empty houses on quiet summer days. A masterpiece of economical film making. A truly terrible story, Dwight really is weak.


Hold The Dark

Viewed: 14 Feb 2021
Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier
Listed in: Movies, netflix

It traffics in the same rural poverty and violent revenge, but it loses the thread that sustains Saulnier's previous films. The police massacre, while very well made, is the turn for the worst. The scale of the violence is incredible. And I'm suppose to believe a police chief finds two of his officers executed, and then half of his police force killed in the shootout and that night he invites an outsider over for dinner and a chat about fatherhood? My belief was not suspended, though it was entertaining enough.


The Hateful Eight

Viewed: 13 Feb 2021
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Listed in: Movies, netflix

A tedious blood-splattered play. The performances are great. And the Marconi score does not sound like a Tarantino's previous films. Overly long and expressly provoking, a bit too many self-indulgences.


Teen Wolf

Viewed: 06 Feb 2021
Directed by: Rod Daniel
Listed in: Movies, hulu

More basketball than wolf. Some bits are good. I guess it's a classic because people watched it when they were kids. No reason to watch it now.


In & of Itself

Viewed: 30 Jan 2021
Directed by: Frank Oz
Listed in: Movies, hulu

It does a pretty good job of weaving together multiple performances of a stage show into being a film. Good illusions, with a lot of claptrap binding it all together. Almost certainly better on a stage.


I’m Thinking Of Ending Things

Viewed: 29 Jan 2021
Directed by: Charlie Kaufman
Listed in: Movies, netflix

Instead of Dave Bowman in the middle of metamorphosing into the star child, it’s a janitor in a rural Oklahoma! high school, fantasizing of what it’s like to be in a relationship from a Robert Zemeckis romantic comedy. A Charlie Kaufman film!


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