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|54 9%||House of Gucci (2021) - Jan 23, 2022
"Almost consistently and uniformly dull, uninspired, and mediocre, as if it's doing it on purpose. It's only when the film gets bad that it becomes good, y'know. A shift into something funnier or campier would've helped a film that only introduces an interesting plot development in the last seven minutes. Probably worse than all those Marvel films Ridley's been complaining about (and it's still far, far better than his other dreadful film of 2021)."
|56 11%||The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021) - Jan 23, 2022
"It's as if the filmmaking, theatre, and literature classes all got together a made a film. Even before the opening titles appeared, I knew I was done. Perhaps more could've been done to make this archaic language seem that less boring, but who knows, the film is contrived to be boring in most departments. I read MacBeth in comic book format during high school and I thought it was so bad-ass, but that FUN aspect of the story is nowhere to be seen in this pointless new adaptation."
|83 73%||Red Rocket (2021) - Jan 23, 2022
"Full of the kind of manic energy Mikey possesses, and the more on-the-streets kind of filmmaking approach makes sure everyone is operating within the same energy. Baker expounds on the simultaneous joys and horrors of this kind of lower class living, in all the crevices of the characters and the locations. "
|61 17%||Sightseers (2012) - Jan 22, 2022
"It's so unfortunate that I found this film to be so cold and so forgettable, given I'm a Wheatley fan. This is a misfire from him, a film that gives off a rough, off, misanthropic and ugly vibe, right up to the very last second -- this is all done for the film's sake, and not to actually say anything. I remember Mark Kermode (who liked this) recommended the Mike Leigh TV-movie Nuts in May alongside it, which is a far better dark comedy."
|69 35%||The Guest (2014) - Jan 22, 2022
"A small movie, with no real ambitions to attempt to be bigger than it is. It's a serviceable thriller, with a hunky and fun bad-ass antagonist. The cliche of the everyman turning out to be the most lethal man in America is done in a fun way here. The climax is sort of well-done, and a bit different for this genre, but it also comes across as ridiculously predictable."
|73 45%||Comedian (2002) - Jan 22, 2022
"Cool little doc on stand-up, seen from two different levels of expertise and fame. I'm sure a lot of people will be annoyed by the half of this doco focused on up-and-comer Orny Adams, despite him being an interesting case study -- instantly comes across as a blow-hard, does have a handful of good jokes, speaks loudly and animatedly even when off-stage, but ultimately possesses a strong self-criticism and admitted sensitivity -- varyingly relatable."
|70 38%||Licorice Pizza (2021) - Dec 30, 2021
"PTA's worst film -- so it's still good. An enjoyable to watch film, helped immensely by how brilliant the newcomer leads are, this ended up being fantastic and rewarding casting. The vignettes they find themselves in are entertaining, if a bit unbelievable, but it all gets repetitive as the film just keeps pushing the 'will they, won't they' narrative all the way home. The secondary characters, played by Penn, Waits, and Cooper, are all so great and so fun -- but seem so underused."
|65 25%||Benedetta (2021) - Dec 30, 2021
"Decent nuns gone wild flick, but not as incisive into the acetic nature of repressive convents as you'd think, nor is it as sexy. A lot of the lesbianism build-up is kinda dull, and the latter part of the film is more interesting when it introduces the district Father who breaks quarantine despite making everyone else comply to it (gee, sounds familiar). "
|65 25%||Basic Instinct (1992) - Dec 30, 2021
"Rather dull. A pretty, erm, basic concept for an erotic-thriller, and it certainly doesn't take it in too many directions. And Sharon Stone does the "you think she's gonna stab him during sex but she doesn't" a whopping 48 times. It's still an overall decent examination on sexuality among the sexes (and the film's best and hottest sex scene actually involves Jeanne Tripplehorn) and it's all very stylishly crafted. I bought the DVD almost solely for Camille Paglia's commentary."
|90 91%||Moral Orel (2005) - Dec 30, 2021
"A miracle of a show. This came out in a time when anti-theism was hot, which in hindsight reveals itself to be cringey and edgelord-ey. But this show, although certainly shitting on Christian beliefs and ideals, still has an honest appreciation for the good that can come out (or be contrived out) of religion. All seasons are funny, though the last one is a serious bummer, but it ultimately leads to one of the best and most satisfying series endings ever."