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  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★½

    I got the call from my Mum last night. Her mother had passed away at the hospital after a short induced coma. This time two years ago I had three grandparents. Today I have zero.

    That was my normal for a long time, as my paternal grandfather died in 1997. Only recently did my maternal grandmother die 21 years after him. However, my maternal grandfather died last September from lung cancer, and then Nanna Jackie survived him by only 13…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★½

    Charlie Kaufman's second tribute to outsider art and fake movies this year. I feel like I could mansplain this film pretty well if prompted. I've noticed that most reviews are not talking about some key points but maybe they're being deliberately coy. I'm going to resist the temptation for now as I'm sure we'll get dozens of explanation videos shortly after release.

    While obsessively rewatching Kaufman movies like I always do – this ritual tends to smooth over his weakest aspect…

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  • Bless Their Little Hearts

    Bless Their Little Hearts

    ★★★★½

    It feels like an epic blues song. A sorrowful memory recalled in real-time. It's painful, profound, and raw, without an ounce of fat on its bones. Nate Hardman gives an extraordinary performance, but I'm absolutely blown away by Kaycee Moore. How they (and director Billy Woodberry) do not have long film careers is heart-breaking, if utterly predictable.

    If you have the Criterion Channel and 85 minutes free, please spare some time for Bless Their Little Hearts. It's within spitting distance…

  • The King's Speech

    The King's Speech

    ★★★½

    lol my 6th viewing, can't stop won't stop

    Maybe it's just a birthright thing for why I don't mind coming back to this movie so much. It's a movie built for British great-aunts and uncles. Of course, The Social Network should've won Best Picture for sure, but I'm not as mad as others. It still conjures that awards season afterglow even 10 years later, and it's undervalued for how influential it has been since, even though Tom Hooper has his laughably vanilla Kubrick style. Performances and writing bolster his failings. Anyway, I think I'm done with my post-Crown royal viewings.

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  • Thunder Road

    Thunder Road

    ★★★★½

    "Comedy is tragedy in a wide shot."

    Jim Cummings zooms in.

  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    ★★★½

    Probably gonna be divisive. A lot of people are going to drawn in by that cast alone and will then have to be patient with it. Feels way too novelistic with a lot of unnecessary backstory to absolutely every story element. Strong acting (Dudley Dursley is MVP) and generally well-made, just major structural issues as it takes a long time for the plot to actually start.