• Americans

    Americans

    All actors are liars, and a lot of them become film critics, prejudice survived, get their storybook ending, centrist goal horn hits, everyone leaves the forum.

  • Rain on the Scarecrow, Blood on the Plow

    Rain on the Scarecrow, Blood on the Plow

    One shattered image after another, its like an invitation to getting cut up into ribbons and thunder-lit shapes. And pops open some 3-6 Mafia like a damn inebriated DJ that doesn't stop bopping til he catches everything.

  • Fresh Hare

    Fresh Hare

    You're either Kosher, Canadian Cold or Dixie Revivalist at the end; make up your mind, Bugs, lmao. Truly bizarre ending, another would-be fluid attempt at Hollywood appeasement. Imagine the reactions to the unedited ending from anyone in-and-out of the deep south back in 1942.

  • Baby Bottleneck

    Baby Bottleneck

    Messing up inside the God industry to help the Almighty Chairman produce his newest patented device: the Happy Accidents Fur-Sorter.

  • This Is the End

    This Is the End

    Babylon inverts see the end.

  • Why We Hate

    Why We Hate

    Longings for goodness floating amongst the Contemptuous flickering judgments of ... flick admirers ...
    Could've made the overlays less angular around the images' edges (it's now a banal look on Broops montages), but otherwise, you did okay, Pet.

  • Waves

    Waves

    "You're not my mother!"

    Stepmom: "No, I AM A GOD!"

    "Bullshit."

    Dad: "You shut up now."

    "No, fuck that..."
    "I am a GAAAAD!'

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

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

    With the film's ultimate death knell scene near its checkmate ending, a shrill pathetic dude emulating Derek Chauvin with a pillow, the 2020 zeitgeist comes full circle with such examples as:

    - Action Comrades walking around an abandoned old pier spread with petrified effigies of lost fun in the pre-Covid release BIRDS OF PREY.

    - Spike Lee's exact pinpointing of the current moment and activist collectives' need for financial fortitude in the ending of DA 5 BLOODS.

    - Aaron Sorkin's…

  • Cosmic Ray

    Cosmic Ray

    Hips pack yonders, flaunting their fires.

  • Mank

    Mank

    Pretty facile from the get go, from the language to the stupid little anachronisms that felt like Fincher himself witlessly speaking through the characters to the questionable history of butting heads. From the shoddy cgi-looking water and flames to the visuals mostly resorting to looking like any other movie. This is about the arsenal one gains to write a script such as Citizen Kane, and its interesting to see the film's impression of Hollywood politics (despite sometimes being vague). There's…

  • Rush Hour

    Rush Hour

    What struck me the most about this rewatch was an absolutely great scene where Detectives Tucker and Chan were practicing their hand tricks back-and-forth with a gun, set to Edwin Starr's song "War (what is it good for?). And the whole sequence around that song frolics with movements of unabashed 'freedom'. An interracial-social transcendence in a film loaded with cynical or just flat out stupid race jokes. Yet, this movie was as funny as I remembered it being and the…

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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

    All this taught me was that contemporary cynicism reigns. This is a 2020 movie set in the 1920s (based on a play from 1982) that perfectly appeals to the angry zeitgeist of this still-infant decade (racial tension, godlessness, exploitive histrionic homoeroticism). There's also a good reason why people like Barack Obama would like to promote it, because this is a movie where ethnicity, behavior and art submits to utterly reductive in-the-moment negativity without other aspects of life's spectrum to come…