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Carman has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★ .

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★

    Dumbass Barry Lyndon

  • The Disaster Artist

    The Disaster Artist

    ★★

    the world’s most expensive rickroll

  • The Misty Moon

    The Misty Moon

    ★★

    wow they made a movie adaptation of the DSM-5

  • Chinese Box

    Chinese Box

    ★★

    [director's cut]
    So does Jeremy Irons have to have sex with Gong Li to understand Hong Kong or...

  • Cesar Chavez

    Cesar Chavez

    ★★

    Run-of-the-mill, boring biopic of a radical historical figure that strips away anything remotely interesting in the interest of being a bullet points summation of his Wikipedia page. A total waste of Michael Peña.

    Read my review for LAist here.

  • Harmony Lessons

    Harmony Lessons

    ★★

    Maybe it's just me but all these Haneke-esque films that dominate world cinema nowadays just get so tiring after a while and this one is so crudely reductive that not even the nice cinematography could redeem it.

  • New Women

    New Women

    ★★

    It comes from a place of Good-Hearted Progressiveness and Feminism, but just a total mess of a film. At first the tone was oddly zany madcap whimsy, but soon it devolves into a mess of a film with no arc aside from Shitty Things Happening to Ruan Lingyu (that eerily mirror her life). Cai also seems to have no sense of film vocabulary, as it jarringly jumps from place to place, but in a more confusing rather than abstract manner.…