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|35 27%||Mad Men (2007) - Sep 14, 2019
"Wildly uneven and only haphazardly insightful. Less human insight in the entire series than a single Koreeda film, though, and the score reflects that fact."
|47 48%||Thoroughbreds (2018) - Sep 13, 2019
"An amoral character incapable of emotion serves as a conduit for the worst impulses of an initially ambiguously angry protagonist to decreasingly reassuring results. The film closes with the amoral character recounting an eerily poetic dream where the eventual self-absorbed death of the entire species results in a net improvement in the world. This is not a satire of the rich, but an unflattering open question about the value of humanity in the face of a boundless capacity for selfish harm."
|63 77%||Blindspotting (2018) - Sep 13, 2019
"Hilarious, and intermittently spectacularly insightful. Several flourishes come together in what would otherwise be a horrible, cloying scene. Other scenes are breathtakingly tense, speaking volumes even while characters are entirely silent. The weight of possibilities interwoven within the film make the levity of the near-constant stream of jokes seem to carry even more amplitude. There's a lot going on, and as in all such films it is impossible that all people will feel the same, but I dig it."
|24 13%||A Simple Favor (2018) - Sep 11, 2019
"Essentially a PSA for suburban mothers: If you dedicate your life to trying to fit the perfect mold of servility, you will die alone. I don't even think I'm exaggerating. As an interesting film, it's terrible, but as a PSA it's pretty well done as far as being entertaining and consistent goes. Don't get me wrong - there are better films to show the nuances of a well-lived life, but I doubt that they would work as well. It's not a rich intellectual life, that life of servility."
|57 65%||Game Night (2018) - Sep 11, 2019
"Somehow this seems to sum it up: Self-awareness bordering on excessive, but holding back only slightly after the edge of absurdity - yet still American in all of the worst ways. Which is to say: There were hints of Edgar Wright (let's call them learned cinematic tools), but the film has far too much plot to stuff in to allow for a cohesive style to be felt and descends into mere entertainment. I expected nothing more than that, so even the possibility of more was surprising, I guess!"
|72 90%||Her Smell (2018) - Aug 09, 2019
"A lot like barely surviving a tunnel collapse, realizing with no small amount of amazement that you are still alive, only to also realize that you are lost, alone, crippled, and without any sense of what survival will entail. In this case, though, punk rock destroyed the tunnel. There's a first for everything."
|15 7%||Divine Intervention (2002) - May 23, 2019|
|84 98%||Di qiu zui hou de ye wan (2018) - May 03, 2019
"Structured like a Pynchon novel, with the truth leading to less and less certainty, and realized through an utterly stunning set of scenes lensed with as much attention paid to the poetic details as to the increasingly hopeless plot - all to be abandoned into a poetic reverie of imagined bliss which arrives at the same moment as the real loss of all hope. What a beautiful contrast between the story and the scene, the real and the poetic, the hopeless and the idealized. Perfect in every way."
|14 6%||Elizabeth (1998) - Mar 22, 2019|
|73 91%||All About Nina (2018) - Mar 22, 2019
"Navigating a hellish existence of exploitation from every angle, the protagonist stumbles into a small set of positive influences which provide some semblance of hope. There is no triumphant finale, only the barest glimmer of hope - but in this film the improvement is stark and strangely comforting. By back-loading the film's true conflict, the film avoids minimizing the protagonist's trauma and instead allows the trauma to be the villain to be faced. Meaningfully humanistic - and painful."