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  • Harakiri

    Harakiri

    ★★★★★

    God damn what an impeccable film. Not dated in the least, if you tried to tell this same story now, 60 years later, this would still be the best way to tell it, shot for shot, line for line.

    I sometimes get intimidated by the fact that there is so much great film, both past and present, that I could never find time to see it all. Japan alone has way too many incredible filmmakers with extensive filmographies I’ve barely scraped the surface of. I don’t know what was in the water over there throughout the 20th century, but it must’ve been good.

  • Scanners

    Scanners

    ★★★

    I’ve yet to love a Cronenberg movie. I always want them to go balls-to-the-walls with their effects and concepts (which is why The Fly is my favorite) but they hardly ever do. Instead they spend most of their time spouting exposition and come out feeling like slightly elevated B movies with the occasional crazy scene. I understand effects are expensive and it’s impractical to have 90 minutes of straight Cronenberg madness, but I want to end one of his movies not feeling…

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  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★★★

    Since distancing himself from YouTube, I’ve had an ever-increasing sense that Bo Burnham no longer finds the comedy parts of his comedy specials funny. Some may argue that that’s the point and that Bo uses comedy solely as a vehicle for the thematics and messaging of his work, but I’d argue that the audience is still supposed to find most of Make Happy and even parts of this funny, even if Bo doesn’t. And for me that’s the biggest failure of…

  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★

    Feels like a step in the right direction for Pixar in a lot of ways.

    Its animation is refreshingly simplified and stylized, instead of the “detail obsessed to the point of photo realism” look of much of Pixar’s latest work. If you can save dozens of artists hours of grinding over the texture and lighting of each pebble AND the film is better for it, that’s great!

    It also doesn’t feel like it’s trying to convince me it’s a Pixar…