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Paul Blart finally got its rated R reboot.

Heil Blart: Mall Cop

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Blood Machines

Yeah the storytelling is really lackluster, dialogue is uninspired, worldbuilding is half-baked and acting can be improved upon.

But this is just fun. Great imagery with enjoyable product design paired with predictably amazing Carpenter Brut soundtrack makes it for an entertaining and different 50 minutes. You gotta hand it to Ickerman, he didn't hold back.

It's the kind of thing teenager me would find amazing. And fuck it, I miss teenager me.

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What We Do in the Shadows: 2x06 On the Run

Despite loving Matt Berry to death I found this to be a rather weak episode, that just goes to show how well the gang usually works together.

I just hope Mark Hamill's involvement isn't limited to this episode.

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Rick and Morty: 4x07 Promortyus

I'm not sure if I've just simply outgrown this show or if this last couple of episodes are actually this weak... I really can't get into them

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What We Do in the Shadows: 2x05 Colin's Promotion

Huge uptick in quality from last episode, Colin Robinson is an amazing sidekick but having an episode focused on him still worked really well.

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What We Do in the Shadows: 2x04 The Curse

Still not bad, but the worst episode of the season by a long shot. The comedy just felt very broad and not refined.

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Daniel Isn't Real

Always interesting and visually pleasing, with some great effects, yet even at only 100 minutes it overstayed its welcome for me. It felt much longer that it actually was.

Also, I was constantly distracted by how much Patrick Schwarzenegger looks like his father.

Overall a pleasing watch, but not one that will stick with me aside from a few visuals.

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The Day Shall Come

Brilliant black comedy. You laugh and instantly feel bad for doing so.
The satire is cutting and unfortunately always timely, even if not really handled with subtlety.

Highlight of the movie for me was Kayvan Novak's character, also a standout in What We Do in the Shadows.

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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: 1x10 A Single Piece Was Lost

What a ride this was, it exceeded every possible expectation. I haven't felt this way about a piece of media in a long time. Masterpiece.

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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: 1x04 The First Thing I Remember Is Fire

It's insulting how fun this show is. Best high fantasy series in recent memory

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Maniac: 1x03 Having a Day
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Justin Theroux stole this episode. So damn funny.

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Slice

I love A24 and campy horror comedy but yikes. This is just plain bad.

It's unfunny, cheap-looking and shoddily put together. Almost nothing in Slice works. Even Zazie Beetz looked bored. The only positive I can think about is the mercifully short runtime that makes this bearable.

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Preacher: 3x10 The Light Above

Finally, Angelville is over. A decent season but a noticeable step down for me from the first two. Really felt that the show was spinning its wheels for most of the season.

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Castle Rock

Loving the atmosphere so far. With the current Stephen King resurgence, Hulu might have a hit on their hands

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Wellington Paranormal

Silly little thing. Nothing compared to What We Do In The Shadows, but still fun enough

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The Expanse: 3x13 Abaddon's Gate

Great ending to the best season of hard sci-fi TV we've had in years. The show is only getting better, I'm sure its new home at Amazon will help make it more visible to wide audiences too.

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The Endless

An ambitious modern fairytale deeply grounded in reality, The Endless is a fascinating movie about, in the end, brotherhood, trust, responsibility and progress in life.

While their previous directorial effort, Spring, resonated more with me, this movie cements Benson and Moorhead as interesting and thoughtful filmmakers with big ideas.

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Set It Up

Glen Powell and the endlessly charming Zoey Deutch have great chemistry in a cute, funny but in the end fairly by-the-numbers romcom. Set it Up doesn't do anything particularly new or innovative, but it didn't need to.

It mainly works, it's comfortable, and it's a Netflix watch that you won't regret.

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Archer: 9x08 Danger Island: A Discovery

A reasonably funny episode, but the ending really bummed me out. Is S10 gonna be another dream season, this time in space? Please no, just conclude the actual story.

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Legion: 2x11 Chapter 19

They've been hinting at it all season, but making David literally the villain, with heavy themes like sexual abuse involved is a tough and ridiculously bold move, and I'm not sure whether audiences will go with it. It'll be interesting to see how they deal with it in the next season.

Season 2 hasn't for me been on the same level as the spectacular S1, but Legion is still one of the most inventive, interesting and engaging shows currently on TV.

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The Night Eats the World

There is a line between being purposefully subdued and straight-up boring, and unfortunately The Night Eats the World crosses it. It's a shame, because there are a few deeply beautiful moments, but they are drowned in a constantly unengaging story.
90 minutes feel like three hours.

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Flower

Zoey Deutch tries to salvage with her charm a disastrous script, and she only half succeeds.

The movie is competently directed from a technical standpoint, but seemed to completely misread its tone or subject matter, becoming repulsive at times. It's a shame, because up until the confrontation with Will I had found Flower to be a decently funny movie, even if I found the characters really hard to like and their decision-making questionable, and the movie’s conceptual flaws – like its questionable treatment of heavy themes like teen suicide or pedophilia and its distinctly male interpretation of what female sexual empowerment looks like – were already clearly showing.

The whole third act is then a dumpster fire, between the kids somehow reaching Will before the cops even if the cops had been alerted of the event, the meaningless trip to the prison and Erica and Luke’s relationship, which never felt earned or believable.

Zoey Deutch will become a star, without a doubt. But she is far too likeable a performer for what this movie is going for, and most importantly, this movie doesn't deserve her.

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Archer: 9x05 Danger Island: Strange Doings in the Taboo Groves

Yaaaaawn. On one hand, I'm surprised we're already in the second half of the season because nearly nothing of actual interest or impact has happened, on the other hand, I'm grateful we're in the second half because that means Danger Island is that much closer to being over.

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The Expanse: 3x07 Delta-V
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Yeah come on Amazon, this show is too good to die now

Edit: aaaand just two days later the show is officially saved by Amazon. Life is good

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Terminal

The more I think about Terminal the more I hate it. The two main plot threads (Simon Pegg and the knockoff Guy Ritchie hitmen) are completely unrelated. The twists are never earned. You can see Mike Myers being the actual big bad from a mile away. The director has to think we're all idiots seeing how many times he has past scenes flashing through monologues to remind us of what happened. And when you think for even one second about the overall story it doesn't make any kind of sense, the hitmen have no reason at all to be in the movie, since apparently Margot Robbie knew everything from the beginning. And "she's crazy" can't be a justification for dumb screenwriting.

I lost all hope when the only remotely interesting part of the movie (the Pegg-Robbie conversation) was removed around the end of the second act.

Only redeeming qualities are some cool shots and lightning, and I really liked Myers, Pegg and Robbie, especially Robbie who was hamming it up the whole movie. She made this watchable.

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Kodachrome

Kodachrome is predictable, light and fun. As with many "trip" movies, the fact that you know exactly how it will end doesn't make the journey not worth taking. Sudeikis and Olsen are perfectly fine in this, but Ed Harris belongs in another league and here he shows why one more time with a masterful performance.
Although, again, telegraphed, the poignant moments hit at the right time, and the movie feels sweet and heartfelt.

It won't make anyone's Top 10 lists, but Kodachrome is well worth the film it was shot on. Even if unlike in the movie - thankfully - it won't be the last one.

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Archer: 9x02 Danger Island: Disheartening Situation

I really can't get into this and the noir season. I hope it's not the case, but it looks like Adam Reed is trying to hide the fact that he has run out of ideas for the show by putting the characters in different, outrageous settings. But it isn't working for me. It just isn't funny.

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Archer: 9x01 Danger Island: Strange Pilot

Wow. Did not feel this premiere at all, downright mediocre. These last seasons are really going downhill unfortunately.

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I Kill Giants

The deceptively marketed I Kill Giants has nothing in common with Harry Potter or the other recent YA movies that the trailer and poster try to evoke. Instead, it reflects on how a child deals with pain and with understanding that there are forces beyond his/her control.

At a reasonable running time and powered by a great performance by young Madison Wolfe, the movie flows quite nicely. It feels a bit heavy handed with the explaining of the methaphor behind its concept, the delivery of some pieces of exposition to the audience is a little clichéd and convenient, and the ending is a bit drawn out and again overexplanatory, but these may be necessary evils to get the point across to the younger viewers.

While I feel that a very similar topic was handled better and more maturely in J. A. Bayona's sensational A Monster Calls, I Kill Giants is still a constantly entertaining and at times moving watch.

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Last Flag Flying

Despite being far from his best outings, Last Flag Flying is very much a Richard Linklater movie, and it bears all the defining traits of the director, from the focus on character-driven dialogue to the expert juxtaposition between humor and drama. The character interaction and their history suck you in and the movie feels much shorter than it is, which is a great accomplishment for the film, especially with it being as dialogue heavy as it is.

Bryan Cranston obviously got the more fun role to play, but I found the standout to be, as he often is these days, Steve Carell. The man is doing some exceptional work and just this year we've seen him in two completely different roles - this and as Bobby Riggs in Battle of the Sexes - and he has absolutely owned both of them.

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