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Demi has written 63 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★

    Only liked this the slightest amount more on this viewing, but all the things I didn’t like before (Taika’s Hitler, Scarlett, the tone of the entire film not really landing the comedy or the drama for me) are all still there.

  • Bad Boys for Life

    Bad Boys for Life

    ★★★

    Three thoughts I had during this movie:

    1) Think of the best possible cameo that this movie could have. Yeah, they got it. (No, not ** ******. The other one.)

    2) Honestly a little disappointed at how smooth the action in this film felt– it was like they wanted to sand down the edges of Bayhem into something a little more palatable. Which is impressive! But Bad Boys should be the kind of dumb action movie where a bunch of…

  • Bombshell

    Bombshell

    ★★★

    “There’s no audience for that side of the story.”

    Having real Three Billboards syndrome as I watch this a second time and go "wait... uh... why did I like this a lot the first time."

    Somehow, this movie feels both too general and too specific. All the shots they take at Fox are couched in jokes, so they feel kind of toothless and secondary, and all the movie has to say about corporate sexism seems so focused that it feels…

  • The Strange Thing About the Johnsons

    The Strange Thing About the Johnsons

    ★★★

    I would pay at least $10 to read an extensive interview with one (1) of Ari Aster’s nuclear family members.

  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    ★★★

    I didn’t grow up with Mr. Rogers and only know him as a legendarily kind figure of great renown, so seeing him depicted doesn’t do much for me. I had this same sort of apathy issue with Won’t You Be My Neighbor? last year, which was sweet but largely ineffectual for me. I think where this one lost me just a little more is by casting someone as bombastic as Hanks as a quiet figure, because it just feels like…

  • The Craft

    The Craft

    ★★★

    God, the final act of this movie is truly so bad. But I still want to restate my desire to see an artsy remake a la Suspiria. Thank you.

  • You're Next

    You're Next

    ★★★

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

    absolutely no offense intended but the main couple in this movie is so mismatched that the literal first moment we learned they were dating i said “mmm. ok, he’s the killer”

  • Vivarium

    Vivarium

    ★★★

    NZIFF FILM #9
    This movie was 97 minutes and it still felt like it was too long. A lot of intriguing and weird set-ups, some truly unnerving devices that make for great comedy, but it doesn’t build to anything of worth. Feels like it should’ve been a short. Imogen Poots tho... fuck, she’s great.

  • Non-Fiction

    Non-Fiction

    ★★★

    NZIFF FILM #6
    I’m bored of movies where directors wrestle with the encroachment of the digital age, like it’s a new concept people still haven’t settled with or like there’s many new things to say about how technology will change creative industries. But the conversations in this movie are at least fun to watch. The interpersonal antics, not so much. Not really sure what I’m supposed to gain from the intersection of romance and publishing here. Feels like a french Nancy Meyers film.

  • Black Mirror: Smithereens

    Black Mirror: Smithereens

    ★★★

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

    Didn't expect to see Topher Grace at all, much less have him be the best part of this episode, imo! I love the boy

    In my most generous reading here, this is a good episode because it's satirizing the entire perception of what Black Mirror is supposed to be. The episode plays out pretty much across the plate, as you expect it to, checking all the cliche boxes– technology kills, technology rules our world, we are all addicted and over-connected…

  • The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience

    The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience

    ★★★

    Didn't really work for me. :(

  • The Invitation

    The Invitation

    ★★★

    Genuinely shocked at the rollercoaster of ratings my subsequent viewings of this movie have taken me on, especially because this time it really reminded me of some bad student films I had to watch in Austin during college.