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  • Before Sunset
  • Extreme Prejudice
  • Deep End
  • A Face in the Crowd

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  • The Card Counter

    ★★★★

  • Unhinged

    ★★½

  • Twentynine Palms

    ★★★

  • Days

    ★★½

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  • Unhinged

    Unhinged

    ★★½

    Forgotten man exploitation does itself a favor by not actually foregrounding the descent or providing introspection, instead forwarding a theme of perceived slights that fuel these harrowing rage marathons, root cause usually as simple as the assailant’s shit personality. Script is trash, particularly in that opening car ride where neglectful dad, disinterested lawyer, punitive client and they’re late for school (and if the client didn’t fire her, wouldn’t the kid be hours late) all collide in a crude dump with…

  • Twentynine Palms

    Twentynine Palms

    ★★★

    Over the Fourth of July some friends and I went to Twentynine Palms and I was like I have to watch that fucked up Bruno Dumont film one of these days. They also go to Foster’s Freeze in this movie and complain about the ice cream, but my wife has been obsessed with Foster’s Freeze since the beginning of her pregnancy and I have to say I think it’s got pretty good ice cream. Also about five years ago I…

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  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha

    ★½

    Interminable soap opera by way of racist exoticism and pan-Asianist casting. Oh, and sweeping shots of Japanese plum trees, so it's a trifecta of terribly hackneyed foreign titillation. The kind of movie where the merits lie exclusively in costumes/ make-up.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★½

    In a tight race with Rushmore for the top bill on my nerdy Wes rankings. All the Wes movies have the same current running through them – each constantly in dialogue with the others – but I feel like GBH is his first film that’s actually about artifice, in all its glory, both good and bad – a lifestyle choice that evaporated upon the invasion of rude men, etc. Gustave has Zero tagging along behind him, furiously taking down pointers…