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  • Pinocchio

    Pinocchio

    ★★★★

    There are now two definitive versions of Pinocchio on film, and they each earned two Oscar nominations

  • A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

    A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

    ★★½

    Gorgeous mixed-medium animation. Nice music pairings and score. But my attention span for this sort of thing is just limited to short-length outings. Also not really sure I understand the appeal of Shaun the Sheep? Maybe that’s all on me. Still, I’ll stick with ET.

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  • The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid

    ★★★★★

    Watched this with my two nephews (ages 5 and 3) and niece (age 1.5). It was the inaugural viewing for all three, on the cusp of their first-ish visit to Walt Disney World the next morning. They were so wide-eyed, so captivated, so attentive, and so intimidated by Ursula. 

    I vividly remember responding to it the same way in theaters in 1989... and frankly, I still responded the same way on my couch here in 2019. A masterpiece.

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Officially the first time I’ve seen toxic masculinity linked to showtunes. 

    ****


    My friends and I  stood outside the theater for an hour, unpacking what we saw:

    • The ambiguous setting of both time and place 
    • How so much of what we witness is unreliable, as we don’t know what’s in Joker’s imagination vs. reality
    • The movie’s provocative engagement with our current discourse over mental health, white rage, toxic masculinity, mass violence, civil war, growing class divide, access…