"Much of the discussion around Albert Serra’s monumental new film has centered around its incongruity: an uncommonly “accessible” film for the notoriously abstruse filmmaker of grotesque and minimal narratives, one embraced by even many of his usual detractors. Indeed, its late-breaking addition to an otherwise fairly anemic Cannes competition line-up felt entirely fitting, a bomb (nuclear or not) thrown into the traditional order."
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery 2022
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Loved everything about the Mona Lisa's inclusion until its last moments, which very nearly soured me on the whole film; maybe it's supposed to say something about art/heritage freaks like me but I can live with that.
Avatar: The Way of Water 2022
There are not thirty-six ways of showing a Na’vi getting on a flying eel-fish thing, but it’s cool every single time.
Jojo Rabbit 2019
Let's leave aside the extravagant vanity and stupidity of this, a project that seems as much an excuse for Waititi to clown around in Führer cosplay as to indulge his worst and most juvenile tendencies: the twee coming-of-age story, the playful mocking that ultimately coalesces into love. Let's even excuse the utterly incoherent at best, downright fascistic approach to Nazism, which doesn't so much dismantle the very real and very dangerous ideology as it presents it baldly and plainly, hoping…