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  • Polytechnique

    Polytechnique

    ★★½

    « C'est pas ta faute, Jean-François » : Realistically still performing emotional labour while shotgun blasted

    A story of inherent exploitation in the snare of the political cowardice of giving space to both perspectives, decorated in black and white

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★

    There is an eye-popping dissonance between the relationship described in the magical father speech and the one depicted on screen, which doesn't rise above high school crush-level communication. Gay guests are labelled ridiculous. The Marzia subplot has a producer's touch with straight sex scenes more on-display than any between Elio and Oliver.

    The oxygen of the story is privilege and pedantry.

  • The Death of Stalin

    The Death of Stalin

    ★★★

    My now intermittent love of Armando clashing with rape jokes and mass execution for gags. The potential commentary is clownish but not cutting.

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ½

    Every scene is cringingly unauthentic, before, during, and after a bluntly ironic last family row in flashback, script-conscious literary cock-praising, punch-down flailings at comedy, introducing in tender monologue the idea of a digital deer choking on Doritos, an unaccountable ventriloquist act with bunny slippers, a playful dismissal of flesh-touching arson while embarking on a rapist-killing road trip…

    Alongside non-stop misfires of human speech and action the film is a parade of husks of issues not only unexamined but foully disrespected.

  • Heal the Living

    Heal the Living

    ★★

    Une publicité décousue pour le don d'organes avec aucune puissance émotionnelle

  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

    ★½

    *Man blubbering in self-pity*

    Women written by Charlie Kaufman: I am so into that

  • Dawson City: Frozen Time

    Dawson City: Frozen Time

    ★★★

    A segment of settler colonialism oozing through the beauty of transience in history on celluloid, plus an excess jumble of baseball news and silent film footage recovered from but not relevant to Dawson City

  • Black Mirror: Crocodile

    Black Mirror: Crocodile

    ★½

    Uninventive disproportionate action minimally on theme with thin advances on CCTV everywhere

    An insurance company's money worth more intensive investigation than a missing and manslaughtered cyclist is the truest portion

  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper

    ★★½

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

    A creep-ass ghost impersonator sexting with the imagination of a German + an actual ghost actually vomiting

  • Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

    Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

    ★★★

    Unbearably American

  • Mudbound

    Mudbound

    ★★★★

    White people like to see themselves as 'one of the good ones' just like Germans have marked the end of WWII as the day they were liberated from the Nazis.

  • Prince of Darkness

    Prince of Darkness

    ★★½

    Uniquely breaking barriers with the casting—three Asian diaspora actors in one film without Chinatown in the title?! I would also hide behind a pseudonym with that dialogue though.