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  • James Acaster: Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999

    James Acaster: Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999

    ★★★★½

    James Acaster is an absolute pro, even when he's laying absolute waste to the last decade of his life, which he's spent largely in the public eye, being humiliated on cooking shows and in the British tabloids, and dealing fairly quietly (until now) with what sounds like pretty serious anxiety & depression.

    This special is remarkable on so many levels. First, the writing, pacing & delivery is astonishing. He delivers two hours of intensely personal, you-are-there real, and somehow joke-heavy monologue at…

  • The Abyss

    The Abyss

    ★★★

    The plot is tenuous, even for the time, the print I saw was extremely damaged in places, and the male leads are -- fine, I suppose.

    But two of these three stars go directly to Asta Nielsen, in her feature film debut (hell, it's close to being *the* feature film debut). At this early point in the development of film as an art form, people really didn't have a sense of how to emote, or communicate, through this medium. Everyone…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    Parasite starts as a fun-looking little thriller about a family of grifters and their oblivious marks. But then the heat turns up, and then it finds another gear, and another, and soon everyone in the theater had stopped breathing, waiting for the next moment.

    To call it a Korean "Get Out" as written by Dostoevsky kind of sells it a bit short. Hitchcock would be proud.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    As much as anything, this is a love letter to New York City; it felt full of little easter eggs only people who live in NYC would get, and the plot reminded me enough of "The Warriors" that I was able to relax and watch it on those terms.

    This is as frenetic and eye-burning a movie as you'll ever see, and yet it's achingly beautiful in parts. I wept openly multiple times as Miles Morales finds connection with people…