Review of “The Woman in the Window (2021)”

While dealing with a few health issues this week, I struggled to really come up with something to write about and watch when I had the spare time. Thusly, I turned to Netflix and was surprised to see a movie starring Amy Adams that was billed as a “mystery” and “crime” story. Intrigued, I moved forward with what has to be one of the biggest wastes of two hours I’ve spent in 2021 so far.

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Retro Review of “Pirate Radio”

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down and watch a film that was recommended to me: a 2009 ensemble comedy titled Pirate Radio and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman with plenty of other British comedic talent. I had no real idea what to expect going in blind, other than knowing that it was a film about pirate DJ stations in the sixties. What I got was a surprisingly good comedy with only a few sour spots.

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Review of “Test Pattern (2019)”

When looking for a new film to watch this week, I saw this listed in the SNF Parkway’s virtual theater and its synopsis sounded as though it would be pertinent to 2021. Having never heard of this film or its director beforehand, I wondered what kind of experience I would be in for, and I was not let down in the slightest. What follows is a deeply personal story of sexual assault and the nature of fractures that occur in life after- not any form of easy viewing.

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Review of “Nomadland”

Nomadland has seen a lot of traction online, perhaps a result of the impact of the pandemic and its effect on the modern theater. With its release on Hulu, I decided to try out the third feature from Chloé Zhao, to see just what the fuss surrounding this film was about. It turns out that it’s not about anything I agree with.

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Review of “Pieces of a Woman” (2020)

So, I meant to watch this earlier this month when it finally arrived to Netflix, but I was on an extended break from reviewing films after my latest marathon. And then, for a week, buzzers in my building kept me from wanting to watch anything because I could hear them in my apartment. With those issues fixed, I sat down to watch a film I’ve seen receive high praise all over my timeline- and while it certainly deserves some accolades, I’m not convinced it lives up to the numerous 10 out of 10 scores some have given it.

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Halloween in December: “The House That Jack Built”

It’s the final day of my Halloween in December movie marathon and, in the theme of self-indulgence I decided to watch The House That Jack Built. From the controversial director Lars von Trier, this film follows the perspective of the serial killer Jack (played by Matt Dillon) as he explores the reasons behind his own cravings to kill. What the audience gets is a two and a half hour long journey into the ego of Lars von Trier- for better and for worse.

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