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  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Surely, this must be Steven Spielberg’s most emotionally complex film. I am utterly stunned at its naked, aching, unanswerable honesty. Fuck me, but I did not think he had this in him. Fuck.

    Like a little model train on an oval track, it all crashes in on itself, doesn’t it? The Fabelmans chronicles with fastidious care the development of an artist who obsesses over film not for its innate capacity to tell the truth, but for its penchant to put…

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I’ve read next to nothing about Alfred Hitchcock, so I write what follows as open-ended wondering. Even if the answer to my question is a resounding yes, or has been raked over in analyses of his filmography for decades, I won’t hesitate to watch or praise his films.

    I’m wondering—to what extent does Hitchcock operate out of a kind of Original Sin misogyny. In Rebecca (albeit with an adapted plot), the man is implicated, made to feel cruel, even, until…

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  • Rain Man

    Rain Man

    When I first watched Kramer vs. Kramer (on my laptop in my living room), I remember feeling this sort of vaguely anxious protectiveness, much like if you’ve ever seen a kid with some trait or feature you know will likely get them bullied out in the real world. There’s a part of you that wants to tell them you see them, and find them wonderful, and don’t let anyone tell them different. A strange sentiment for a best picture winner,…

  • Violent Night

    Violent Night

    When was it that the average action writer lost their ability to script just your standard, hammy, b-movie bad guy? Am I alone in feeling this? Am I missing something?

    I don't know whether it's some kind of Kevin Feige or Joss Whedon disease, contagious from the MCU or what, but it's all just so dweeby; the "villains" are reduced to a bunch of insipid, neutered Meanies too clumsy, clown-footed, and PG-snarky to pose even a dumb, goofy threat, much…

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  • The Menu

    The Menu

    Almost back-to-back, I read a review on Letterboxd venomously castigate A24 for all the insidious devilry it inflicts on CINEMA and, apparently, the world, too, and then part of a David Ehrlich review on the latest underwhelming Netflix fare. I digest them as I write, now, teensy bubbles from their chemical reaction popping like timpani, tapping out a kind of antiphony with the clicking keys.

    Now, Ehrlich claims that all critics want to enjoy everything they watch. Yeah, I can maybe see…

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    What can I say that’s of any value? I honestly don’t know.


    There’s this song called “That Funny Feeling” from Bo Burnham’s Inside that I just love. One of the lines bemoans “the backlash to the backlash to the thing that’s just begun.” I actively look for ways to avoid perpetuating that dully vitriolic cycle, but sometimes it feels like this conversational boomerang you simply can’t outrun.


    I have not lost one iota of faith in these films because I…