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  • Douchebag

    Douchebag

    ★★★☆☆

    Dir. Drake Doremus. 2010. N/R. 81mins. Andrew Dickler, Ben York Jones, Marguerite Moreau.

    The title certainly gets your attention. And fortunately, so does reed-thin lead actor Andrew Dickler, who gives an inspired comic performance as Sam Nussbaum, a days-from-his-wedding adulterer reunited with his estranged younger brother, Tom (Jones). With his mountain-man beard, slacker-hippie attire and flippant wit, Sam is like Groucho Marx gone Grizzly Adams. The pimply, dithering painter-hopeful Tom is his perfect foil, always one step behind —…

  • EO

    EO

    The donkey is dead—or seems to be. He lies there, lifeless, in some strobe-lit, claret-colored abyss that has the feel, alternately, of a purgatorial hereafter and, once a pair of female human hands enter frame and gently caress his body, a warped erotic fantasy. It soon becomes clear, via a vertiginous overhead shot, that we are in one of the enclosures of a three-ring circus. Though since no audience is yet visible, we can't say for whom, exactly, this vaguely…

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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    [Published as part of New Pollution #2]

    The irritatingly genteel Nomadland, adapted from a nonfiction book by Jessica Bruder, appears well on its way to golden statuettes and other year-end plaudits. For writer-director-editor Chloé Zhao this is the last stop before the Marvel Moloch grinds her personal stamp, such as it is, to a pre-viz’d pulp with The Eternals. I didn’t much care for the mannered neo-realism of The Rider, but at least it could fall back on the authenticity…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    [Published September 9th, 2019, Slant Magazine]

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    Waititi prefers to treat his audience like drooling cretins who need their hands held through every shift in tone, reassured that everything, even in a world off its axis, is going to work out. It doesn’t help that this misguided production is utterly devoid of laughs, though I admit to cracking a desperate smile when the nitwit Nazi played by Sam Rockwell demands that an underling bring him German shepherds, as in the dogs, and is instead delivered shepherds who are German. It’s a flash of punny bliss in what’s otherwise Marvel Presents Mein Kampf.

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    www.slantmagazine.com/film/review-jojo-rabbit-is-taika-waititis-marvel-presents-mein-kampf/