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Review

The Last Exorcism: Part II (2013)

The Last Exorcism: Part II is dreadfully boring.

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Review

Whiplash (Short Film) (2013)

In 2013, Damien Chazelle premiered at Sundance a short film called Whiplash designed to build up interest in creating a feature film version of the story.

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Capsule

Moonfall (2022)

I understand there’s a sense of nostalgia around these dumb, effects-heavy, non-superhero blockbusters. But this is just a far worse Independence Day (you gotta love that downgrade from young Will Smith to Patrick Wilson) with a little bit of Contact sprinkled in there, blended into the stupidest possible slurry. And it’s not even that fun. There are a few cool images, and the score gave me goosebumps once or twice, but that’s it.

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Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022)

Puss in Boots 2 is:

The best movie in the Shrek franchise.

The best Dreamworks movie since How to Train Your Dragon 2, maybe 1.

The best mainstream American animated movie since Spider-Verse, and possibly as far back as the early 2010s.

A vessel for the best animated villain in so long I can’t even think of the last one better than this — you might have to go to the Disney Renaissance.

And, in all seriousness, maybe the best movie of 2022.

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List/Ranking

My Top 100 Favorite Films (As of the Start of 2023)

Here it is: The first list or ranking published on The Goods.

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Review Project

Damien Chazelle Retrospective

Damien Chazelle is not even 40 but is one of the most exciting directors in Hollywood.

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Capsule

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)

There’s not a single thing I like more here than in Knives Out, but I do like almost everything almost as much. The two big exceptions are the over-obvious satire (I can feel Rian Johnson whispering “really makes ya think, huh” in my ear as I watch) and the disappointing ending. But it’s still pretty gripping storytelling for most of its (overlong) runtime.

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Review

The Last Exorcism (2010)

The pitch is sound: 1973’s The Exorcist, but found footage.

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Review

Knives Out (2019)

Sometimes the flaws don’t matter too much.

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Review

The Menu (2022)

There is some irony inherent in writing and reading a review of a film like The Menu.