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Demi has written 39 reviews for films rated ★★ .

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★

    I think this movie is pretty bad. I think it’s shallow and dumb and poorly written/directed and masquerading as a film with meaning in a way that has somehow tricked Academy members into believing it’s a prestigious piece of work and not a ridiculous feature-length 30 Rock cutaway parody buoyed entirely by some nice cinematography and a reliably-terrific performance from an actor who is always as good as he is here, and even often better in similar films (You Were…

  • The Laundromat

    The Laundromat

    ★★

    i love steven soderbergh so much and as a self-identified huge dumb ass, i also love adam mckay-style “lemme explain a political problem in a fun way” movies AND unnecessary twists that exist just to make you go “oh hoh hoh you got me you son of a bitch” so you’d think this would be a slam dunk for me- and yet! 

    i didn’t read one good review of this movie but i just had to see it for myself…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    In the third film of every Star Wars trilogy, there is a moment where a character dies and we're not really given a good reason why or how they die. They just do. This happens twice in this film.

    This was so weirdly disappointing. Like, it feels like there's no heart to this movie, just a desperate attempt to satiate insatiable fans and tackle as many plots (both recycled and new-but-lazy) as they possibly can. It feels like an entire…

  • Moulin Rouge!

    Moulin Rouge!

    ★★

    it is insane how relentlessly horny movies were right before 9/11. my man baz directed this thing like the tasmanian devil on cialis

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★

    This movie means nothing. They just went “what’s big right now? incels and antifa? those are the same” and rolled it all into an existing character that could use politically and socially relevant anxieties as developing characteristics... but to make absolutely no “message.” and no, films don’t have to have a message (lemme just preempt that dumb comment someone always wants to make) but it’s so clear that this movie wants you to think it has one. it doesn’t. joker…

  • The NeverEnding Story

    The NeverEnding Story

    ★★

    Just saw this movie for the first time— I distinctly remember it being played during daycare when I was a child, and I dreaded the idea of a movie that was truly “never-ending,” and thought it actually WAS somehow an infinite movie, because I kept leaving and coming back and it was still playing. The movie is 94 minutes long.

    Anyways, I think it’s bad? The production design is fantastic and the puppetry is super cool. But the editing is…

  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    Long Day's Journey Into Night

    ★★

    NZIFF FILM #7
    Extremely obtuse and hard to follow, and the famous 50-minute 3D tracking shot that encompasses the film's second half felt like a show-off move more than anything else. Technically impressive and interesting but... what more?

    I truly don't have any concrete thoughts about this movie, as I can barely tell you what the fuck was really happening through it. I'm am choosing to believe it's a feature-length adaptation of the song and video for Arctic Monkeys' "Cornerstone" though.

  • Animals

    Animals

    ★★

    NZIFF FILM #4

    One of those movies that should've ended at like 6 different points and ends in a place where I have no real clue what the point of the movie was except to provide a series of characters that I am not going to like. Not for me!

  • Judy & Punch

    Judy & Punch

    ★★

    NZIFF FILM #3
    I’m always intrigued when a person manages to channel a very similar energy into two different roles in one year so imagine my “huh!” upon realizing Damon Herriman’s Manson-y (and Heath Ledger-y???) ass is also playing Charles Manson in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. This is the only valuable thought I had walking out of this theater. The movie spins its wheels on a very simple plot for a bit too long and can’t really commit…

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★

    this is going to sound extremely stupid but my big problem with this movie is that nobody has eyebrows and i truly believe the movie would be fine if everybody just had eyebrows

  • The Equalizer 2

    The Equalizer 2

    ★★

    DENZEL WASHINGTON: ...Would you like something to drink?
    ASHTON SANDERS: Yeah.
    DENZEL: Come on in.
    [he enters]
    DENZEL: Ice tea or water?
    ASHTON SANDERS: Pshh, what I look like, Jackie Chan?

    Absolutely nothing in this movie makes sense, but I cannot stop thinking about this particular exchange and what the fuck it was supposed to mean. I have googled the words and the only results are other people trying to figure out what it means. Incredible.

  • The Hustle

    The Hustle

    ★★

    The literal first second of this movie made me let out a deep, upsetting sigh. Anne Hathaway was fine. (Don’t expect a big reveal or explanation on her accent though– I did, and there is not one. It’s just The Choice.) The highs of it all are a few supporting characters that altogether probably have 2 minutes of screen-time and a page of dialogue.

    Rebel Wilson continues to test my eternal optimism in film by taking otherwise-fine movies and making them feel like unbearable, feature-length Instagram “sketches” with the same treacly, misguided message and terrible “what was on the radio while we were editing” soundtrack.