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  • Midsommar
  • Alien
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

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  • Brokedown Palace

    ★★½

  • Freeway

    ★★★★½

  • Erin Brockovich

    ★★★★½

  • Terminal Island

    ★★½

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  • Brokedown Palace

    Brokedown Palace

    ★★½

    Claire Danes is just running laps around Kate Beckinsale in this, it’s almost embarrassing. What a phenom.

    This is OK, I guess, but what’s the point of trying to make an elevated women in prison movie? The gutter-dwelling is sort of the point of the genre, right? Besides, this sort of thing only becomes truly offensive when it’s pretending not to be.

    One of the all-time most mortifying soundtracks.

  • Freeway

    Freeway

    ★★★★½

    Whoa, so good! This one came out of nowhere! A little trashy, but that’s the charm. Reese Witherspoon just crushing grand slams already at age 19 or whatever. I think I might even prefer this movie to Natural Born Killers, which is a clear and direct inspiration. Oliver Stone is even a producer.

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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★½

    “Why is it up to anyone?”

    This is going to become better and smarter and more prophetic and more iconic and more influential and more important as time passes.

    I really like the structure of this movie. Caleb’s sessions with Ava intercut with his increasingly unsettling discussions with Nathan. The tension always ratcheting up, up, up. And the whole thing is sealed in a pleasingly Kubrickian airlessness. I should probably watch Devs.

    AND THAT DANCE SCENE!

  • Stutz

    Stutz

    ★★

    Docvember 2022, movie #7.

    No matter how well-made or well-intentioned, I’m not sure a documentary directed by a celebrity that’s just 90 minutes of black and white footage of them talking to their therapist can be anything other than masturbatory.

    Docvember 2022, Ranked