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Review: The Black Phone

Review: The Black Phone

Year: 2021 | Rating: As many of you are well aware, I don't generally "do" horror movies, but I had to make an exception for The Black Phone because I just had to see this performance from Ethan Hawke. And generally speaking, he does not disappoint, at least when he's actually on the screen, which -- in following a standard horror flick trope of not giving the big baddie that much screen time -- isn't that often. Make this two films in 2022 now that left me wanting more from Mr. Hawke (the first being The Northman). If we get a Black Phone sequel (and I would think that we would,…
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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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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: The Lighthouse

Review: The Lighthouse

Year: 2019 | Rating: The Lighthouse is a very hard film for me to pin down how I felt about it, because it's such a unique mish-mash of film genres, literary references, symbolic imagery, psychological concepts and mythology. For sure, the horror elements don't really work for me; I think that when most people learn that I don't really "do" horror movies, they think that it's because I don't like being scared or that I'm squeamish to gore, but the fact of the matter is that these elements simply don't affect me at all. This isn't some claim to macho-ness or…
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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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