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  • Mr. Turner
  • Lost in America
  • Still Walking
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

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  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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  • My Octopus Teacher

    My Octopus Teacher

    ★★

    Me Octopus Student. Makes more sense because this is entirely about the man and nothing to do with the octopus. Even though we SEE a lot of octopus, she is uncredited and unnamed. Bechdel Test failed. She's got more in common with a stalked 90s love interest. The manic-pixie-dream-cephalopod has no agency, no say in her portrayal, just a carrot on a stick for your Dad's golf buddy who just splooged his retirement fund on an underwater camera and a…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★½

    JK Simmons does a lot of name-calling in this filum, but only twice does he reference Pop-culture characters in doing so.

    EXAMPLE ONE: A gormless young trumpet(?) man is afraid and thinks maybe his trombone(?) is out of tune. Black T-shirt Daddy calls him “Elmer Fudd”.

    EXAMPLE TWO: A gormless young stage-hand(?) is not very tall and says nothing but exists in space near everyone backstage. Your smug-uncle with his nice-biceps calls the young man “Mini-me” (Austin Powers)

    Both these…