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True Stories (1986)
Sa-TIRED! Snoozefest with a flaccid premise...
The film styles itself as some tongue in cheek satire of midwest "Americana," small town culture in the 80's but really just drags. Middling performances from some notable names; with situational dry humor thats drawn far beyond its welcome usually. Most films that lounge in their atmosphere like this are at least visually engaging or have great audio engineering but this film limps along and its best moments just feel like a bad sardonic music video for the Talking heads lol. I am a Talking Heads fan don't get me wrong but this film was just not good and is vastly overhyped due to peoples love of David Byrne.
She Will (2021)
Solid, straightforward, slow burn horror.
Amazing atmosphere building; no cheap red herrings or jump scares here. Just a solidly crafted macab tale. I wouldnt even go as far as to fully call this horror despite the horror aesthetics. More of a fantasy and witchy revenge tale in a way.
If you like really atmosphere driven storytelling then you will adore it, but it definitely isnt for everyone as its VERY atmosphere driven. It's 70% visually told and it errs in the side of the unknown instead of fully explaining the phenomena in dialogue. I thought it was pretty straightforwardly told and satisfying though.
"How can we make the worst season we've made, even worse?" - Writers
Longtime fan of Shameless. Everyone whos watched from the beginning has realized the last few seasons are a bit lower quality but man this last season was extra bad. It's like the writers decided that instead of respecting the shows legacy, pacing, and general mood they decided to all of a sudden completely change the style, and constantly only make basic and obvious political commentary. Really beating the audience over the head with it, but without adding anything of real substance to that conversation either! I lean left too and it was still unbearable to watch unfold lol. I couldnt even get properly emotional about the show ending I was so shocked at how absolutely bad it was.
Shameless? More like Shameful.
Shin Evangelion Gekijôban (2021)
Decent but feels like the same old-
Evangelion, it is for better or worse quintessential Eva storytelling but it gets caught up in a lackluster mire like its predecessors in trying to resolve the story succinctly...it has good animation and the concepts are solid but imo the execution gets a little trite, alot of this movie could be strengthened by more honest editing and trimming. Also it kind of exposition dumps at the end in a uncharacteristically straight forward attempt at fully tying all the story string together which felt awkward to me. Still a good movie but imo not the strongest of the reboot movie series.
Stuart Little (1999)
M Night Shyamalan does it again!
Classic Shyamalan writing: I mean the twist in this case is meta in that ultimately....wait WHO wrote this screenplay and then you realize this was the Shyamalan magic the whole time. Boom. I know right?