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Carman has written 18 reviews for films rated ★★½ .

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★½

    Batista was as advertised, and Groot won over my sentimental side but the rest of it is the Same Old Shit and why I never bother with Marvel movies.

    Won't be bothering with the sequel, which Disney was so happy to announce before the movie even finished running.

  • Child's Pose

    Child's Pose

    ★★½

    far too insular and impenetrable

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★½

    Mildly amusing fratbro/drug comedy for the first two acts that claims to make some sort of insight into the avarice of the American Dream; I'll honestly take Michael Bay's obscene and neon vision of the ugly masculinity of capitalism from Pain & Gain over this. It does a 180 in the final act that turns it into a more interesting movie by actually touching on its most concise idea of the destruction of the family unit through wealth, but also feels like ass-covering for reveling in two hours of money/drug/sex binges. That final shot was some limp Haneke-ish didacticism.

  • New Year Sacrifice

    New Year Sacrifice

    ★★½

    The first two acts of this are completely overstuffed misery inflicted upon an empty female Tragic Figure protagonist that just drag without any real sense of empathy, aside from an unexpected turn at the wedding ceremony and an oddly benevolent caring husband forced upon her. The only thing I'll give it credit for is moving it along at a palatable pace.

    However the film lands on its feet in the final act, where it finally has Something To Say, whereby…

  • We Are Mari Pepa

    We Are Mari Pepa

    ★★½

    A well-crafted paean to the innocence of being an adolescent male shithead that never actually justifies being a young shithead or having any self-awareness of it. The rooftop sendoff to the titular band a la Let It Be was a nice touch, but they don't grow out of still singing a song about ejaculating on a girl's face. I really wanted this to be better than it was.

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    ★★½

    It feels like a minor work from a major auteur, and couple that with the bad taste that many of the oft-discussed issues left in my mouth I felt decidedly nonplussed. Although I do adore Inglourious Basterds, a film of which similar criticisms have been levied on, so I may have a hard time reconciling this.