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  • Rushmore
  • Rome, Open City
  • After Yang
  • A Face in the Crowd

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  • A Face in the Crowd

    ★★★★★

  • Emily the Criminal

    ★★★½

  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    ★★★½

  • Happening

    ★★★½

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  • A Face in the Crowd

    A Face in the Crowd

    ★★★★★

    A satire so dark and acidic I can’t believe it was made in 1950s Hollywood. Also, I love a movie that takes you to a place you never could have guessed from watching the first 10 minutes, and this absolutely does that while never being less than 100% convincing with the turns the script takes. It may be cliched to say this, but the film was eerily prophetic. I only wish that Walter Matthau’s last words in this were true.

  • Emily the Criminal

    Emily the Criminal

    ★★★½

    Sundance 2022 #10

    Makes a strong case that millennials have been ripped off and should probably just turn to a life of crime.

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  • Fire of Love

    Fire of Love

    ★★½

    Sundance 2022 #1

    Basically Grizzly Man where the grizzlies are volcanoes. The volcano footage is very cool, as you’d expect. But the director is clearly most interested in the volcanologist couple who shot the footage over their decades in the field. They’re not quite compelling enough to sustain the film over its run-time. There seems to be some vague thesis here comparing their love to the volcanoes they study. The moments where the script reaches for that kind of poetic…

  • Apples

    Apples

    ★★★★

    PFF 2020 Review #1

    Apples invites immediate comparisons to Yorgos Lanthimos’ films, especially in its portrayal of stilted interactions and bizarro social rituals. However, at the point where Lanthimos would rely on violence and brutality to induce discomfort, Apples goes in a different direction, becoming a surprisingly sweet and emotionally affecting examination of grief and mourning. Saying anything more would spoil too much, and I want everyone to have the same surprising experience I had as a viewer. Special shout-outs…