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  • The French Dispatch

    ★★★★★

  • Dune

    ★★★★

  • Creepshow

    ★★★★½

  • Ham on Rye

    ★★★½

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  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    100

    Gosh, this is about as good as it gets, isn't it? Wes Anderson, around the making of The Darjeeling Limited, maybe even before that with Life Aquatic, began to dive into the haunted rooms and melancholy nostalgia of his own fussy dollhouse aesthetic. His early films functioned as messy mannered displays of human absurdity, often chiseled with a quick line or grace note, the creative flower that allowed everything else to bloom into meaning. Gut punches like "I've had…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    80

    What's most remarkable about Denis Villeneuve's Dune, at least on first pass, is the scale. Gargantuan aircraft and structures often create an ant-like perspective of the world we're so effortlessly immersed in. The cast of characters introduced are almost consistently against the trials and specificities of nature, even as they attempt to exploit and overpower it. Denis Villeneuve and DP Greig Fraser make sure to develop the universe, in terms of both design and geopolitics, as if we're never…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    15

    Disney/Lucasfilm Headquarters. Int. Day.

    Rian Johnson: Oh, hey, JJ!

    JJ Abrams: Hi Rian, how's it going?

    RJ: Great! I just wanted to say that really enjoyed my time making The Last Jedi. It was so exciting to craft a personal film with Disney money. And everyone at Lucasfilm approved it right away because Episode 7 left me with a bunch of mystery-box ideas and set-up that wasn't going to lead anywhere. Who directed that one again?

    JJ: Me. I…

  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★★

    92

    [Removed by admins.]

    Letterboxd didn't approve of my original review wishing for the return of The Basterds and the swift, brutal end of fascism in 2019 America so here's this:

    MOVIE GOOD.

    NAZIS BAD.