Reid Hardison

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Top 4: favorite viewings from August, 2020

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  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    ★★

    Like if William Faulkner fucked Cormac McCarthy and gave birth to an idiot child. This is such an emotionally insipid, drab piece. It’s this big generational violence narrative that’s been spun a 1000x, many of which are a whole lot more investing and thoughtful than this. The sprawling, interwoven storylines don’t add depth to the material, it just makes it bigger, and more laborious. Robert Pattinson is hilariously off-center, like honestly, the film could’ve used a bit more of that…

  • Wildlife

    Wildlife

    ★★★★

    Quiet, withheld, exquisite, patient. Dano really captures that quiet intensity of a strained marriage, and being told through the eyes of the young son caught in the middle gives the film its curiosity. It's not a miserable experience like one might assume, but it is somber, as you know all of this could go much differently if the little guy (lower class citizens) in America wasn't treated as such a second thought. The good ole days probably weren't as good…

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    I'm in a state of reflection. I mean, wow, what a film! It's reasonably compelling, but with a quick gust of mighty wind, it blew me away. It goes to show how seemingly insignificant details can alter a film in a tremendous way, with a singular moment. Arrival is a true, thinking-man's science fiction film, and I haven't been this riveted by a film in what feels like ages.

    My only complaint? Story of Your Life is a better title.

  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★★½

    Spectre is almost always an entertaining film, but its energy is eventually unable to overcome its flaws. It starts off with an absolute bang, and the film continues to work for the next hour or so. The more the conflict built upon itself, the less interested I became. The overall story is very poorly constructed, and the final segment of the movie is downright weak. The action is great, and it is always wonderful to see James Bond on screen,…