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Quick Hits: My Fake Boyfriend, Justice League: The New Frontier, Windfall

Quick Hits: My Fake Boyfriend, Justice League: The New Frontier, Windfall

Quick Hits In the latest edition of Quick Hits, we've got a gay movie made by BuzzFeed that brings shame to the Queer Cinema Movement, one of the weaker films in the DC Animation Universe series, and a minimalist crime thriller that is well worth your time. My Fake Boyfriend Year: 2022 | Rating: My Fake Boyfriend is, without a doubt, one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life. I knew when I saw the Buzzfeed Studios production logo at the beginning of the film that I should significantly lower my expectations, and yet it still managed…
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Review: Gaslight

Review: Gaslight

Year: 1944 | Rating: Gaslight is a slow-burn (shameless pun intended). The first half-hour or so was pretty bumpy as the story got established, but once the mystery really deepened and Ingrid Bergman leaned into her virtuosic performance, it really sucked me in and didn't let me go until the very end. What I think I appreciate most about this film is how much the screenwriters chose to give away fairly early in the story, and yet it's still a mystery that throws curveballs at the audience all the way throughout. I daresay that even if I hadn't already known the "twist" thanks…
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Review: Rashomon

Review: Rashomon

Original title: RashômonYear: 1950 | Rating: Given the number of films, TV shows and other media that have copied its basic structure over the years, would it be safe to claim that Rashomon is one of the most influential films of the mid-20th century (if not ever)? I think so. Amazingly, though, with so many derivative works floating around out there, some of which are quite good in their own right (e.g. The Last Duel [2021]), the original somehow manages to remain perhaps the greatest example of the form, thanks to legendary director Akira Kurosawa's singular vision and insistence on not revealing which…
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Quick Hits: Raising Arizona, The Dead Don’t Die, School of Rock

Quick Hits: Raising Arizona, The Dead Don’t Die, School of Rock

Quick Hits In the latest edition of Quick Hits, I take at look at three lesser-celebrated films by iconic American auteurs: a Coen Brothers comedy featuring a madcap performance from Nicolas Cage, the latest quirky offering from the "master of cool" Jim Jarmusch, and a family studio comedy from Richard Linklater that deserves to be counted among his best work. Raising Arizona Year: 1987 | Rating: Welp, chalk Raising Arizona up as yet another Coen Brothers film that I walked away from thinking that it was aggressively...fine. And as usual, I can't really describe why I wasn't enthralled with this…
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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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Review: West Side Story (2021)

Review: West Side Story (2021)

Year: 2021 | Rating: Was West Side Story a remake that needed to happen? Now, listen, I know that a lot of people enjoyed this, but hear me out: By updating the visuals to modern standards and giving this film a grittier tone than the 1961 original, director Steven Spielberg and writer Tony Kushner have done a disservice to Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's songs by creating a tonal dissonance that modern audiences might be more inclined to blame on those songs due to them being the "outdated" part of the equation. And that's even if you consider the modern…
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