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  • Deadwood: The Movie

    Deadwood: The Movie

    ★★★★½

    if deadwood was a more hopeful show than the wire, that's because it took place in a clearing, an empty space upon which to build. where the wire finds its characters entrenched in a city that's been systematically strangled, deadwood is a place of possibility, a future yet to be mapped. it's akin to shakespeare not just in its towering wit and ambition but in this way we're witnessing our world being created before our very eyes. of course, by…

  • Cruel Intentions 3

    Cruel Intentions 3

    ★★½

    the logical endpoint to the sociopathy ingrained in romcom tradition, and many of its real-life counterparts as well, this is the absolute purest distillation of the implicit Cruel Intentions ethos; a clusterfuck of unpleasant "performances" reducing sex and love to games and weapons, demonstrating precisely what the original film looks like without any sugarcoating. it does all this without the slightest modicum of self-consciousness of course; it probably isn't satire or moralist provocation so much as an extension of its…

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  • Argo

    Argo

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

    affleck has the gall to begin argo by drawing attention to the victimisation of the iranian people in the time preceding the iran hostage crisis--sporting a pile of bodies and multiple shots of starving and tortured iranians, no less-- only to segue into a rote (albeit effective) suspenseful patriotic crowdpleaser in the apollo 13 mould--one which insists americans deserve more credit for their ability to use lies to clean up their own messes. not a pinch of irony to be…

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    ★★★★

    there's a moment midway through harry potter and the deathly hallows: part 1 (hereafter harry potter 7a) when harry and hermione return to the place of harry's birth, and in reply to hermione's suggestion that they should've come disguised, harry says "no. this is where i was born. i'm not returning as someone else". it's one of about a thousand statements in this series of films which rings completely hollow and yet has to be said anyway, if only to…