Category: i do movies badly

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I Do Movies Badly: The Rhythm Section

Reed Morano month(s) goes out with a whimper instead of a bang. From box office receipts to tepid creativity, there is no way to describe The Rhythm Section other than a disappointment.  Reminder that I’m taking a hiatus for March but I’ll be...

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I Do Movies Badly: The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins would have already been a great film thanks to the script from Mark Heyman and director Craig Johnson but it’s accentuated by the indelible mark that Reed Morano leaves on it with her emotionally evocative camerawork and lighting.

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I Do Movies Badly: Meadowland

Reed Morano’s directorial debut is an immersive emotional journey into grief and pain, realized wonderfully by how the director/DP uses her camera. But emotion over logic doesn’t always lead to satisfying conclusions.

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I Do Movies Badly: Dans Paris

In this final episode of 2019, Jim talks a little bit about Dans Paris (not a fan), but mostly uses it to wax poetic about Christmas and how his life has changed, is changing, and will continue to change. Merry Christmas, Happy...

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I Do Movies Badly: Rare Exports

It would be easy to assume that Rare Exports is just a dark and cynical twist on the Christmas symbolism of which many people have grown sick, but that wouldn’t do justice to the fine line that writer/director Jalmari Helander straddles between...

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I Do Movies Badly: A Christmas Tale

Arnaud Desplechin’s A Christmas Tale is a mix of emotions, personalities, soundtracks, powerful performances, and filmmaking tricks that masterfully encapsulates the cacophony that results from a reunion of so many people with so much baggage. Desplechin’s aesthetic keeps the audience constantly unsettled,...

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I Do Movies Badly: Okja

Okja may not have made me swear off meat, but its intimacy with an adorable albeit extremely large pig did provide an emotional and critical look at larger societal forces (corporations, police, extremist groups) that all contribute to the oppression and...