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  • Contagion

    Contagion

    ★★★★★

    In which a movie with an implied death count in the millions could be viewed with August 2020 eyes as too optimistic. Competent government responses led by dedicated public servants, how quaint! A

    Full review at www.mediocremovie.club/side-pieces/contagion

  • Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights

    ★★★★★

    It's not like Andrea Arnold first named the sensation of sense memory in her 2012 adaptation of Emily Bronte's novel, Wuthering Heights, but more than any other medium, this movie is what I think about when that idea crosses my mind. I'll watch anything she makes after seeing what she does with this classic story. A

    Full review at www.mediocremovie.club/side-pieces/wuthering-heights

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  • The Comedy

    The Comedy

    ★★★★

    The idle, hipster, New York rich have never been as ripe for the guillotine as they are in Rick Alverson’s The Comedy, a title that implies the arc of the film far more than its uncomfortable contents. Experimental comedy pioneer Tim Heidecker stars as the fittingly-named Swanson, a trust-fund kid who’s reached middle age by being as ironic and insincere as possible with his like-minded friends. Alverson opens his film with these pasty, shiftless layabouts jumping around in shirtless mayhem,…

  • To the Wonder

    To the Wonder

    ★★½

    To the Wonder contains Terrence Malick at his best, like in a cut from the majesty of the Mont St Michel to an Oklahoma Sonic drive-thru, a punch to the gut not unlike the one experienced shortly after visiting a Sonic drive-thru. It's also got a truly insufferable manic pixie in the frolicking, childish, intolerable Marina, played by Olga Kurylenko. Stuck in a doomed and incompatible relationship with a sleepwalking Ben Affleck, To the Wonder is Malick's worst film, or…