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Review: Jerry & Marge Go Large

Review: Jerry & Marge Go Large

Year: 2022 | Rating: After having seen ads on TV for the past couple of weeks, Jerry & Marge Go Large is a movie that I maybe wouldn't normally have been too interested in, especially since it's a Paramount+ exclusive in a time when movies are returning to theaters. It can be a red flag. But the fastest way to get me to see a movie that I'm on the fence about is to cast great actors, and Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening have a consistent track record of being great in everything that they're in, so I decided to give this…
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Review: Fire Island

Review: Fire Island

Year: 2022 | Rating: I am literally shocked by the unanimously positive reception that Fire Island has received. I don't check reviews before I watch a film, so it's absolutely blowing my mind that it currently sits at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and 3.7 on Letterboxd. Do we all collectively have a lower bar for gay content? But then again, so do I, and Fire Island still failed to clear it. Horrible voiceover, a horrible main character, a horrible love interest, a confusing timeline, never more than just a chuckle at the few jokes that landed. I also wonder who, exactly, this movie…
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Review: Men

Review: Men

Year: 2022 | Rating: Man, I was on-board with Men for so long. Jessie Buckley is wonderful. The music is spectacular. The camerawork, particularly with the use of focus, is dynamic and interesting. The story mixes the realistic with the abstract just enough to keep you guessing and intrigued. Yes, the "drama" portion of this film is engaging and riveting, even at its slow and deliberate pace. Then right at the beginning of the third act, it's like a switch is flipped and the narrative and style delves straight into Blumhouse cheap-horror territory, and that's where Men begins to lose me. Once…
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Review: The Bob’s Burgers Movie

Review: The Bob’s Burgers Movie

Year: 2022 | Rating: I'm just going to be honest, in the first few minutes of The Bob's Burgers Movie, I had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as I realized that one of my most anticipated movies of the year wasn't going to live up to my expectations. The voices, the animation style, the overall tone...it just felt off to me, for reasons that I still can't exactly put my finger on. But then the certified bop of an opening number, "Sunny Side Up Summer," got rolling and I felt much more optimistic that this was going to be a…
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Review: The Northman

Review: The Northman

Year: 2022 | Rating: Before I get into my review, I just want to make it clear that above all else, I desperately hope that The Northman succeeds at the box office. This is the type of ambitious, mid-budget passion project that is becoming increasingly rare in the current cinematic landscape, so even though, as you’ll find out, I wasn’t crazy about this movie, please, if you have even an inkling of interest, go see the film and decide for yourself. The only way we’re going to get more films like these is if they make money. Now then, on to my thoughts…
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Review: Everything Everywhere All at Once

Review: Everything Everywhere All at Once

Year: 2022 | Rating: Anytime a new movie comes out and is heralded as a supposed masterpiece and places highly on lists like the Letterboxd Top 250, I make sure to temper my expectations, because I don't want my reception of the film to suffer from the potentially artificially high hype. So, even though I loved Swiss Army Man, and even though A24 released literally half of my top 10 films of 2021, I didn't go into Everything Everywhere All at Once with the assumption that it was going to be the best film I've seen this year, especially since my favorite director…
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Review: Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood

Review: Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood

Year: 2022 | Rating: Richard Linklater is back, ladies and gentlemen. I know that this is technically the second day of release of this film and that I should make this a strictly-critical review with proper analysis and all that jazz (and I'll get to that soon..ish...maybe), but you'll have to forgive me for "fanboying out" for a second, because this is a big deal for me. Linklater has been my favorite filmmaker throughout most of my adult cinephile life, but it's an observable fact that it's been a while since we've had a real "Linklater" film (the last one…
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Review: Turning Red

Review: Turning Red

Year: 2022 | Rating: Rarely have I felt so seen by an ancillary character in a film as much as I have with Tyler (Tristan Allerick Chen) in Turning Red. Apart from the obvious name similarity, I was twelve years old in 2002, and while I had moved on in my musical taste by this time, I was only a couple of years or so removed from a time in my life when the Backstreet Boys were my favorite band. I also went through a bullying phase in middle school, which was mostly designed to mask my own insecurities about…
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Review: The Batman

Review: The Batman

Year: 2022 | Rating: There are some things I liked and some things I didn’t like about The Batman, so here are some notes: Likes: There have been many films, TV shows and other media released in the past few years that have tried to portray the perverse charm and charisma required of a leader of a fringe cult to cultivate their own homegrown terrorist cell, and I have never seen it captured as well as it is here. Not only is the script airtight in its depiction of a crazed madman finding his audience over the course of time,…
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