Gideon

I watch a lot of TV and read a lot of books too, but there's nowhere nearly as well designed to put those.

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  • X-Men: Apocalypse

    X-Men: Apocalypse

    ★½

    A dumb graphics reel that forgot to do anything interesting. 

    Except a great Hugh Jackman cameo.

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★½

    Wank. 

    There are some great shots here that look beautiful through the b/w RED, but then there are some CGI-enhanced shots that ruin the whole thing. 

    Unintentional metaphor for the lackluster movie this is. Fincher’s distinctive style is nowhere here. If you have a movie about the making of a great movie, it better be at least a good movie.

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  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★★½

    It was really weird to me when people would say they didn't understand Inception, but if they saw it again, they'd probably get it. It's not a hard movie to understand. The only truly confusing part is the first thirty minutes, but once Cobb explains everything to Ariadne, the audience proxy, it's not hard to follow at all. Every part of the movie's logic is explained at least three times, which becomes detrimental to rewatches.

    The Prestige is less easy…

  • The Devil and Daniel Johnston

    The Devil and Daniel Johnston

    ★★★★★

    I've never listened to any of Daniel Johnston's music, but this documentary puts you in his head and doesn't let you escape even when the demons come. You see the people who inadvertently hurt him and the people he inadvertently hurt. You see a musician's descent into madness. It's heartbreaking at points. I don't think there's anything sadder than seeing a father crying because he doesn't feel like he can do anything to help his son. But it's heartwarming. It's the story of a deeply troubled musician, but it's a story of love too.