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  • The Box

    The Box



    Very occasional reminder that you, too, can be instrumental in making me watch and review incredibly dumb movies like this one, which was suggested and voted upon by the surpassingly wonderful folks who keep me solvent at the moment via Patreon. (On top of the pandemic, I'm about to lose my primary source of professional writing income—until January, anyway—thanks to California's misguided AB5, which limits freelancers to a maximum of 35 pieces per annum for any publication.) My near-daily…

  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer



    Second viewing, last seen just prior to its original theatrical release. Fascinating to watch at this moment in history, in a way that I didn't remotely anticipate: When Grenouille's reign of terror begins in Grasse, we get more or less exactly the personal safety vs. economic health debate that's currently raging in the U.S., with a few sensible folks advocating a curfew while numerous others complain that they'll be ruined if they can't work by night. Alan Rickman's Richis…

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  • Moonlight



    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.


    Okay, here we go: Why I think the year's most universally acclaimed film is sorta kinda not really very good. Took a second look to be sure, both because I'm always open to the possibility that I'm wrong and because I served on a festival jury with Jenkins a couple of years ago and liked him enormously, so take no pleasure in being a contrarian here. Had exactly the same reaction, alas. In descending order of importance:

    • I'm generally…

  • Sicario



    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.


    Second viewing, no change. Having now professionally reviewed this film four times (for The Dissolve from Cannes, and then for the A.V. Club, the Nashville Scene, and the Las Vegas Weekly), I thought I had nothing left to say, especially since I made a point of addressing the most common criticisms. But since a bunch of folks are praising Adam Nayman's takedown for Reverse Shot, let me quickly address a few of his points.

    “I have to know,” Kate…