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  • Tomb Raider (2018)

    Cool set pieces and action. Kinda masochistic, like the reboot it's based off of. Mediocre story, acting... but at least a tomb was raided. 2.5/5

  • @tokyoslim 100% agree. It was probably my fault for expecting a lot out of a video game movie.

  • The Witches
    The Mask
    Jingle all the Way
    Demolition Man

  • Pacific Rim Uprising:

    I actually think this is a more enjoyable, more narratively sound version of the original, which I wanted to love, but just thought it was ok. 3/5

  • I went from liking Vox Lux's first 20 min, to laughing at it when it just abruptly ended (I assume from suffocating to death from having its head up its own posterior) Sia songs were ok, costumes and makeup were good. 1.5/5

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  • The Muppet Christmas Carol is still the best Christmas movie out there and I won't hear any objections.

  • Aquaman - Utterly bonkers. Visually incoherent to the point that it feels like 3 different movies from 6 different directors, at least one of whom must have worked closely with Brendan Fraser in the late 90s/early 2000s. At one point near the end my friend turned to me and said, "What the fuck is this movie?" and I think that sums it up perfectly. One of the dorkiest movies I've ever seen, but also just so, so fun.


  • Mary Poppins is competent, but I think it lacks the focus of the original. It seems like this versions story is built to service the songs, not that the songs are a natural extension of the plot. Also, it feels like there's 20 songs. Could use a touch of restraint in there. 2.5/5

    Bumblebee is a surprisingly good transformers movie. A good story, good direction with an actually relatable protagonist, excellent acting, emotionally touching scenes, friendships and family focused, + giant robots fighting. Prob the apex of what a live TF movie can be. 3.5/5

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor? - I watched this on a plane last night. Mr. Rogers was way before my time but this is an excellent documentary about an amazing man. Definitely recommended if you want something uplifting.

  • Aquaman
    Well, it's an adventure movie that's fun because Jason Momoa is fun. Much in the way that The Rock, Jason Statham, and etc. are. I liked Momoa as Conan too. Momoa is a good brand. Movie is more or less forgettable other than that though. 3/5

    Ralph Breaks the Internet
    I think that this lives up to the first movie. Surprisingly emotional and good messages for kids... Animation is ok, but Ralph's updated model looks weird to me. Lots of fun references and easter eggs in the backgrounds of "the internet" 4/5

  • I finally got around to seeing Shoplifters

    Undoubtedly Kore-eda san's best film to date, though I feel like a lot of the layers and nuance are lost on people who aren't familiar with Japanese culture, and specifically living in Tokyo.

    There's a scene where the family asks "dad" to take the trash out on his way out the door to work. He picks up a clear bag full of cans, walks to the curb, by which there is a pile of blue bags. He looks at the sign on the post near the pile of bags, mutters to himself "its all trash", puts his bag on the pile, and walks away.

    To everyone else, this may be a throwaway scene. Garbage day, you take all your trash to the curb and garbage people put it in a truck and take it away... right?

    But to those living in Tokyo, this is a full on metaphorical rejection of society and an example of him being willing to ignore the rule of law when it's convenient. Garbage collection in tokyo is highly complex and regulated. Throwing out the wrong trash on the wrong day can lead to warnings and fines. They have stickers of shame they will put on garbage bags of the wrong color, that contain the wrong kind of trash, or are incorrectly tied. That bag would be left out on the curb until the day that "washed aluminum" was scheduled. If your neighbors saw who left it, they'd probably bring it back to your house.

    Shoplifters is about a "family" of grifters living in relative anarchy in the cracks of an ordered society. Shoplifting, conning people out of grievance money, stealing valuables from other people's laundry... the power to reject the rules is a reoccurring theme, the ability to choose who you call family though you're not blood related is a large part of this. But this movie exposes what a fragile and untenable freedom that is. Their life in the fringes is brought into focus, society judges them, and "justice" is done.

    I think it's clear that this isn't always for the benefit of the individual, but for the sake of a regimented and orderly society. The cost of this is is high, and the movie makes it clear that nobody involved is happier after than before, except for the people whos job it is to smooth out the problems, assign a narrative that makes sense to a "problem" and impassionately move on to the next one.

    In less sure hands, this film is a scathing indictment of the Japanese mindset of orderly rule following, but Kore-eda shows us more nuance than that. 4/5

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse. Enjoyed it quite a bit. Some weird background that made me think whether I needed 3D glasses or not was so weird. 3.5/5

  • @tearju-engi Yeaaahh, that has been a problem here at my theater as well. When we first looked at the print, we were wondering if we accidentally got a 3D version. I've dealt with several complaints about it being "blurry" and just had to explain it was intentional.

  • Tomb Raider 2018

    Simply terrible. While I don't necessarily think either of the two previous films were any better, Jolie made a 100% better Lara.

    Looks, Personality, social standing, ability; the new Lara was unidentifiable as Miss Croft as we know her

  • Blackkklansman
    It's a well made movie, but I'm already spoiled on the "real" story and have to view it through the lens of propaganda. It's WELL MADE propaganda, but it's using fictional events to prop up Stallworth as a hero.

    I think this was done exceptionally well for the most part. Only in the most meta moments (such as seeing the word "Netflix" show up as one of the choices you can make did it take me out of it. I've actually gone through it twice now, and gotten two seperate endings. I noticed that it messes with you a bit in the real world too. Changing the runtime of the movie in the listing based on your interactions within the movie. It's kind of like the first Netflix interactive adventure game in a way.

  • It's less than an hour away from 2019 here and i've been watching all the recent Star Wars movies to celebrate. It's crazy how much i love all these movies when i barely can keep myself engaged for the original trilogy.

  • Tombstone

    I've been in a bit of a western mood lately (I wonder why) so I decided to pop this one in, since I haven't seen it. Pretty good overall, one hell of a cast, and Val Kilmer kills it as Doc Holiday, easily the best part of the movie. Wyatt's growing love interest felt so tacked on though. Such a strange way to end the film - him dancing in the snow with her as the narrator explains his wife died from an opium overdose. Happy ending I guess?

    Hopefully I didn't spoil the ending of a 25 year old movie for anyone.

  • The Boy and the Beast

    Hosoda is just a freaking master of animated cinema, not my favorite of his but it was still fantastic.

  • Saw a fair bit of movies in my time off:

    Mission Impossible: Fallout
    I know people don't like Tom Cruise as a person, but he's easily the most bankable American action star and he kills it in this movie. The action in this movie is so well-shot, and I think that's largely due to the fact that Cruise is actually doing it himself; they're showboating how stupid and dangerous he's being, and they want you to fully appreciate how absurd it is. Top tier blockbuster cinema. A

    Isle of Dogs
    I like Wes Anderson. I like his writing. I like his vibe. This movie is too much Wes Anderson. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood, but I found the Wes Anderson style to be more distracting than it's ever been. A couple good scenes here and there save this from being a complete failure for me. B-

    Three Identical Strangers
    I already knew a lot of what was going to happen going in, but it's still an incredible story. My main issue is that the filmmakers had a clear thesis going into this, and I think they unfairly judge a few of their subjects. I always prefer it when documentaries present me with the information and the story in a meaningful way, but allow me to draw my own conclusions. Still worth a watch, though, especially if you don't know what happens. B

    Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
    I went into this movie expecting to love it, and I was still caught off guard at how incredible this movie is. Much has already been said about the artistry on display here, but the story, characters, and themes are what makes this movie shine for me. Spoilers below so I can dig into this:

    We're introduced to Miles as he's being sent off to a new, prestigious school on a scholarship he doesn't feel he deserves, and are briefly introduced to the public school friends he's leaving behind. What follows is a sequence in which Miles, a bright kid, is overwhelmed by students he feels are better than him, that truly belong at this school for the gifted, and it's breaking him. His parents believe in him too much to see just how hard this is for him, because they know he can do it. He just doesn't know it. This sets up the most important theme of the movie: you might be different, special, or talented, but when you're surrounded by people that you see as so exceptional, your inadequacies only become that much more apparent. This is compounded when Miles receives his spider powers, and is suddenly thrust into the world of the spider-verse. . I read a critique from someone who was frustrated that Miles feels frustrated for much of the second act, but to me that's entirely the point: He's surrounded by multiple versions of his heroes, and somehow he's supposed to live up to them. It's terrifying, but the only way he can begin to live up to his potential is to have faith in himself. Which brings us to one of my favorite scenes in movie history. When Miles jumps off the building, the glass shatters because he was too tense. It's a visual representation of an often overwrought theme: believing in yourself is scary. But when you do make that leap, and you realize the potential you have within you, you ascend. And it's liberating.

    Ultimately, my love of Spider-Man comes down to this: no other movie, show, book, or game has truly captured the feeling of imposter syndrome the way this movie does, how terrible it can feel when you have all these great expectations thrust upon you, and how you just know you can never live up to them. But you can live up to them, and when you realize that, you can be Spider-Man. A