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  • Lux Æterna

    Lux Æterna

    One particular fact about Gaspar Noé that stands him out from a lot of the provocative enfants terrible in cinema is the consistent reports of respect he has for his crew and actors. Going back to the infamous rape scene in his breakout film Irréversible, Noé and actress Monica Belucci asserted that Belucci had the most say in how long the scene would last, how graphic and violent it would be, and even how it would be shot. His film…

  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    "I hate Woody Allen physically, I dislike that kind of man. He has the Chaplin Disease; that particular combination of arrogance and timidity sets my teeth on edge. Like all people with timid personalities his arrogance is unlimited. Anybody who speaks quietly and shrivels up in company is unbelievably arrogant. He acts shy, but he loves himself; a very tense situation. It's people like me who have to carry on and pretend to be modest. To me, it's the most…

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  • Cuck

    Cuck

    Who is this for? Literally who?

    The left will hate the bigoted main character who starts out that way (there’s no descent down the alt-right rabbithole as the marketing would have you believe). The right will hate him because he’s a strawman. He’s unsympathetic in every way because he’s the agent of his own demise, picking fights with minorities and openly calling women “bitches,” but also nearly every woman in the film is a straw feminist dropping buzzwords suddenly and…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    "Can I have your MP3 player when you're dead? Please, please, please?"

    The minute the lights went up in the theater after The Killing of a Sacred Deer flashed its final title card was less welcoming of the awkward chuckle and relaxing exhale from The Witch last year in the same room with a similar audience. Instead there was pure silence. You could hear a pin drop before people finally arose from their seats and prepared to leave, all stricken…