Mystery

Quick Hits: Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, SubUrbia, Tape

Quick Hits: Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, SubUrbia, Tape

Quick Hits In the latest edition of Quick Hits, I take a look at a new animation/live-action hybrid comedy on Disney+ and two under-seen (and possibly underrated) works from a definitive voice of the American independent film movement. Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Year: 2022 | Rating: The plot and story of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers are pretty flimsy, and the dialogue and animation is not great in places. But the gags and jokes and references are fun! I laughed a lot while watching this. Overall, I don't think this was great, but I mostly enjoyed it, so that's a…
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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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Quick Hits: Minari, Carnal Knowledge, The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Quick Hits: Minari, Carnal Knowledge, The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Quick Hits In the latest edition of Quick Hits, I take a look at an acclaimed indie drama that missed its mark for me, a 1970s film that pushed the envelope for what content is acceptable in mainstream films, and a Yorgos Lanthimos thriller that is genuinely chilling. Minari Year: 2020 | Rating: I must say, I am genuinely shocked by how much I didn't enjoy this film. Given all of the praise that it received and the fact that it's a family drama, I really expected Minari to be right up my alley. And honestly? I feel shallow for saying this,…
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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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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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