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2 stars = passable
3 stars = enjoyable
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  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★

    I re-watched this yesterday. Here's a thought:

    The violence-craving Nazi moviegoers are watching Nation's Pride. The sniper, Frederick Zoller, picks off helpless Americans in a bird's nest ("a high structure with a 360° view"). The film the Nazis watch is flat propaganda, glorying in mass killing. The odds seem even, 300 men against one, but they're obviously not. This is the fiction of a biased director, and everyone knows what will happen (or so they think).

    Moments later, Tarantino has…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★

    Unlike many recent films, Joker goes beyond merely entertaining —it's sociopolitically relevant. Yes, it's propaganda, as all films are. Yes, it conflates protesting inequality with radicalized, schizophrenic mass shooters (not really apples to apples). It has shortcomings. But ultimately, it's a movie bent on forcing us to confront the origins of the real villains, social unrest, and skewed moral compasses we live with.

    Trumpers hate it because it seems to side with anti-capitalists and class revolutionaries. The antagonist resembles Trump…

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  • The Chumscrubber

    The Chumscrubber

    I have no recollection of this film. I do not think I was tuned into anything when I watched it. But I know I have watched it and will never watch it again.

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    It is hard to know what is right to do. But what if you knew with certainty? That might be a curse.

    First Reformed explores what happens when people become certain of a righteous ideal, and the seemingly unavoidable extremes of devotion that follow.

    The idea of man hanging in the balance between uncompromising justice and redeeming mercy is an existential classic, predating Christianity. But Hawke is a lightning rod for the nuance and soul-rending power within the theme.

    Hawke's…