Kelsi and Trey examine the 30-year proiect of David Fincher's movies and how his most recent film 'The Killer' (no spoilers) adds to the mind games of his filmography. Check out our Letterboxd list of Fincher movies ranked and then listen to our episode about his depraved filmography!
When the measured genocide of the Osage Nation is seen through Mollie’s (Lily Gladstone) eyes, the movie triumphs. However, when the film turns into a misplaced internal battle of white guilt in courtrooms and jail cells with mostly no Osage people in sight, the movie suffers. Read our review here.
If Se7en is city-as-labyrinth then Prisoners is suburban-as-labyrinth.
Theater Camp is now on Hulu! Listen to our podcast The Extra Credits about why Theater Camp is one of the best movies of 2023 and then stay for our conversation with co-writer and co-director Nick Lieberman.
“If the artistic mission of Oppenheimer was to half-interrogate the ignorance of war apologists and sympathizers, then the movie succeeded. However, if the goal was to provoke the bystander Western audience, the movie mostly failed.”
'Across the Spider-Verse' is a special animated film with a few half-developed ideas. After reading our review, listen to The Extra Credits podcast rank all nine Sony & Marvel Spider-Man movies.
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David Fincher is a myth. Click here for our episode unpacking his project and reviewing ‘The Killer’.
a list of movies about men who will burn the world down unless you give them your life
Martin Scorsese Ranked 26 films
Martin Scorsese is a prolific and moralist artist who would hate ranking his work, but these exercises help us appreciate…
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So, this is an interesting film that we really didn’t like. I don’t totally know if May December is an ambitious exploration of tone and tabloid sensationalism that doesn’t completely work, or if it’s a prestige Lifetime camp-melodrama with some pulpy, meta pop-psychology on abuse—currently feeling like it’s the latter. This is ultimately a disappointing movie given the overwhelmingly positive critic reactions; it lacks a punchy, subversive nuance it clearly believes it has. All that to say, the use of piano in this is intentionally and unintentionally laugh-out-loud funny.
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There are hundreds of things to love about this film, but something subtle is that the man-made android is possibly the most power hungry and terrorizing creature on board the Nostromo.
Also, Kelsi—who has seen this film more than 10 times—let out a wild scream at Dallas being taken in the vents. This movie is perfect.
"Sometimes Gentlemen Are The Worst"
Written, co-produced, and directed by Emerald Fennell and released during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, "Promising Young Woman" was the young director's first full length feature film. The film follows Cassie Thomas who plays Carey Mulligan, a troubled young woman haunted by a traumatic past as she navigates balancing forgiveness and vengeance. Everyone loves a good revenge tale, but Promising Young Woman does it with a level of tact that isn't often seen, with…
So, the battles scenes were done well. They were exciting, even if made up. Phoenix and Kirby are good. Their relationship is ok. It seems to miss a lot of elements.
Everything in between though... Not so much.
The movie is tonally awkward. Comedy? Epic gladiator style action movie? Romantic intrigue and weird relationship exploration? I would say all of these yet none successful.
But my biggest flaw with the movie is that it's boring.
Maybe there is a 4…