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  • Empire Builder
  • Sun Don't Shine
  • New Fancy Foils
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  • Passing

    ★★★★

  • Titane

    ★★★★

  • Renegades

  • Army of Darkness

    ★★★

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  • Blonde

    Blonde

    Watched Part 1. Some initial thoughts:

    Ho boy, this ain't no Smooth Talk! Chopra throws naturalism and understatement out of the window in favour of hypercooked pulp melodrama, and it's an intriguing way to approach the cavalcade of horrors that was Monroe's early life. Reviewers at the time called this cheap and trashy, and it is, but it feels like there's real purpose behind these aesthetics.

    Strapping Australian actress Poppy Montgomery initially seems like a cut-rate choice to play Monroe…

  • Touch Me in the Morning

    Touch Me in the Morning

    ★★★

    Not as consistently funny as the later Giuseppe Andrews shorts I've seen – this is his first feature and it's pretty shapeless and crude – but it has some moments of genius. The "big banana" song Andrews sings to the old man in the wheelchair is a truly transcendent piece of deadpan humour and vulgarity, not to mention a pretty catchy tune.

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  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    Offensively stupid on multiple levels, a movie by people who think real rape-revenge films are beneath them while condescendingly co-opting those films' transgressive impact – but they can't even get that right, because any feints towards real violence are effectively neutered by some goody two-shoes bullshit where Carey Mulligan surprises would-be date rapists by giving them a stern talking-to instead of cutting their dicks off. (And let me tell you, as someone who has had their fair share of interactions…

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ½

    Barely a movie, more like a jumble of tenuously connected scenes moving incomprehensibly backwards and forwards in time, with a tone that aims for exuberance but feels like hours of incessant high-pitched screaming. Borderline unwatchable if you're not intimately familiar with the source material – I'm not, and I think this assumes its audience is. I can't think of any other explanation for why Gerwig would go for this baffling structure. Nothing is allowed to develop naturally, every scene operates…