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  • Midsommar

    ★★★★

  • Gangs of New York

    ★★★

  • Black Christmas

    ★★★★

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  • She Said

    She Said

    ★★★★½

    She Said isn't reinventing the wheel in terms of journalistic themes in movies, but it does hold up the importance of its subject matter effectively.

    This movie, while structured rather conventionally, strikes gold in giving a voice to the victims of the vile Harvey Weinstein, as well as to the heroic Megan Twohey (Carey Mulligan) and Jodi Kantor (Zoe Kazan) to use their medium to denounce systemic sexual harassment and abuse of power.

    I liken it to Spotlight (2015) in…

  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★★½

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery provided another whimsical canvas for writer/director Johnson to sling an oddball murder mystery in a more than worthy follow up to Knives Out.

    Some of the nuance fades a bit in this chapter, but a new cast and twisty story make for a fun and entertaining viewing. This takes bigger swings and most of them land flush.

    There's more focus on the characters and much less about the story and mystery, which, for me,…

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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★

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

    PREVIOUS FULL REVIEW HERE

    In this third watch of Midsommar, I've come to realize something that night've been obvious to many of you.

    The brothers Pelle and Ingemar invited people who were eventually sacrificed as part of the rituals.

    Pelle brought: Mark (loud-mouthing incel), Christian (backstabbing person and even worse boyfriend), and Josh (who was decent, but Pelle knew of his knowledge of the culture and that he'd expose it).

    Ingemar: Brought a couple that, at some point of the…

  • Gangs of New York

    Gangs of New York

    ★★★

    This film's tagline is "America was built on the streets". I was pleasantly surprised at how misdirected I was from that expectation.

    Gangs of New York turned out to be quite a critique of events that marked the proverbial "birth of a nation". Not in heroics, but in actions laden with corruption, racism, xenophobia, and overly silly gang wars.

    Save from some exciting action and some tense dramatic scenes, this film can play slow and oftentimes boring. There was a…

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  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    ★★★★★

    Previous reviews: 2019 | 2021

    The Wizard of Oz is definitely a holiday season staple for me. Here are some thoughts:

    -The Kansas scenes are owned by Clara Blandick. Aunt Em was running a tight ship on that farm and she just threw lines.

    -It's pretty cool to know that Charley Grapewin, who plays Uncle Henry, debuted as an actor in his 60s and had a successful career for 20+ years.

    -I just now noticed that Dorothy had a little…

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★★

    Previous reviews: 2019 | 2020 | 2021

    My favorite thing about this film is that it was the one film I went all in on for awards season and I rode that wave all the way the its Best Picture win and got a lot of "Wow, you called it."

    Spotlight never ceases to amaze me with such a beautifully structured screenplay and wonderful performances.

    I first saw this (as I've mentioned before) in a private screening given to the newspaper I used to work for back in 2015. I immediately thought I'd just seen the best film of 2015.

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