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  • The White Tiger

    The White Tiger

    ★★★★

    When I looked at that cash I didn’t feel guilt
     I felt rage. 

    Excellent film from Ramon Bahrani whose first film Chop Shop was made in Queens (where I live). Bahrani latest film takes place on the other side of the world in India. He also has a larger budget and makes excellent use of it. This is a gritty film. The Netflix poster is deceptive. While there is some light there is a lot more dark. This is no Slumdog…

  • Spree

    Spree

    ★★★★

    50,000 people watching, I guess I got what I wanted. 
    Kurt

    This was my second viewing and it was worth it just to read the insane comments of Kurt’s livestream. These followers/viewers are complicit with his crime spree making them almost disturbed as he is. 

    If ever there was a film depicting the narcissism and addiction to social media, Spree is it. On a technical level Spree is pretty unique and if you took the film in a time machine even…

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  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★★

    This pushed all my buttons in the best possible way. I appreciate subtle films that take their time. Sometimes though, I want a film to kick my ass. To take me on a ride. Promising Young Woman did this for its entire running time. It's a visceral tour de force with a fascinating and dynamic performance by Carey Mulligan. See it with as little knowledge as possible. Until more people see it I'd rather not write about the plot or…

  • Revolver

    Revolver

    ★★★½

    Inglorious Basterds has a scene in a projection booth with an incredible track called Un Amico from Ennio Morricone. I used to listen to that track on repeat. I always wondered what film it came from and now I know.
    Un Amico is used quite a bit in Revolver but most powerfully in the opening moments. Immediately I was taken with this cynical and at time oddly touching Italian 70's crime drama. Oliver Reed is his usual intense self and Fabio Testi is absolutely gorgeous.

    *I really appreciate Amazon Prime streaming these 70s genre films not available on Netflix.