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  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★½

    I got the call from my Mum last night. Her mother had passed away at the hospital after a short induced coma. This time two years ago I had three grandparents. Today I have zero.

    That was my normal for a long time, as my paternal grandfather died in 1997. Only recently did my maternal grandmother die 21 years after him. However, my maternal grandfather died last September from lung cancer, and then Nanna Jackie survived him by only 13…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★½

    Charlie Kaufman's second tribute to outsider art and fake movies this year. I feel like I could mansplain this film pretty well if prompted. I've noticed that most reviews are not talking about some key points but maybe they're being deliberately coy. I'm going to resist the temptation for now as I'm sure we'll get dozens of explanation videos shortly after release.

    While obsessively rewatching Kaufman movies like I always do – this ritual tends to smooth over his weakest aspect…

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  • Some Kind of Heaven

    Some Kind of Heaven

    ★★★★

    Documentaries should be considered for more cinematography and original score prizes. Editing too. This was stellar. Poignant and thought-provoking and fun. My first great 2021 film.

  • Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest

    Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest

    ★★★

    Huh, I think BBC3 may have cut out some gags because I didn't recognize some of the references. Probably for time.

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  • Thunder Road

    Thunder Road

    ★★★★½

    "Comedy is tragedy in a wide shot."

    Jim Cummings zooms in.

  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    ★★★½

    Probably gonna be divisive. A lot of people are going to drawn in by that cast alone and will then have to be patient with it. Feels way too novelistic with a lot of unnecessary backstory to absolutely every story element. Strong acting (Dudley Dursley is MVP) and generally well-made, just major structural issues as it takes a long time for the plot to actually start.