Cloud Cuckoo Land – ★★★★★

Cloud Cuckoo Land

The storyline that takes place in the library made me take forever to read this. I’d get to those chapters and just not be able to continue because they made me so anxious.

STILL I gave this 5 stars now that I’ve finally finished it all this time later and it was interesting, heartwarming, sad, unpredictable, and I just generally was quite taken with the way the vastly different settings and time periods were woven together. Super glad my kid was able to finally bully me into finishing it.

Rating: 5 stars

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – ★★★

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Why do the real actual humans they found to play the young versions of Sophie’s dads all look like bad de-aging CGI? Is it the wigs?

I mostly disliked young Meryl Streep and her friends as much as I disliked old Meryl Streep and her friends.

Andy Garcia appears to be playing his same character from Ocean’s 11 and looms over the whole movie like there is a villain turn coming any moment.

Yet, it was fun. I legit lol’d at the Titanic gag.

Rating: 3.0 stars

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Light from Uncommon Stars – ★★★★

Light from Uncommon Stars

Consistently surprisingly weird (in great ways) with some extremely well fleshed out, endearing characters that I was rooting for all the way until the end. I thought the author Ryka Aoki had lost me there for a minute near the end but there’s a couple final twists that really wrap up this combo of science fiction, fantasy, classical music, and donuts with a completely satisfying ending.

Rating: 4 stars

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The Big Shave

This film does a good job representing how I felt every time I shaved and also why I have had some variation of a beard since Covid started.

Truly hard to watch. ? I kept having to hit the 10 second skip button or turn away. Which I guess means this Scorsese kid might be pretty good at what he was trying to do?

Rating: ??‍♂️

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