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  • The Lure

    The Lure 2015

    ★★★★ Rewatched 25 Jul, 2016 1

    Imagine if Gaspar Noé and (the late) Andrzej Zulawski collaborated on a remake of “The Little Mermaid” and you’ll have a faint idea of what to expect from Agnieszka Smoczynska’s “The Lure,” a wonderfully demented new musical that bridges the gap between Hans Christian Andersen and Nine Inch Nails.

    The fun begins in Communist-era Poland, where a mopey young musician named Mietek (Jakub Gierszal) stands by the waters of Warsaw and strums a folksy lament. If Mietek doesn’t seem all…

  • Hooligan Sparrow

    Hooligan Sparrow 2016

    ★★★ Watched 21 Jul, 2016

    “Don’t make such a fuss — it could have been murder.” That’s what the Chinese police told sex activist Haiyan Ye (a.k.a. “Hooligan Sparrow”) when she filed a complaint about being physically assaulted by government cronies who were unhappy about the growing volume of her protests. Welcome to the world’s newest superpower, where everything is totally fine.


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  • Carol

    Carol 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Aug, 2015 19

    probably as close as I'll ever come to knowing what it feels like to find Jesus.


    UPDATE: i found jesus. Carol was better.

    (longer thoughts in the fall, no doubt)

  • Deadpool

    Deadpool 2016

    ★½ Watched 07 Feb, 2016 104

    not a parody, just a cheap superhero movie that ceaselessly reminds you it knows how lazy & stupid it is.

    you can't afford to make a pure superhero subversion, because it has to cost $$$ in order to look the part. but Deadpool also had to be super inexpensive in order to finance a hard-R movie about a juvenile 4th-rate superhero with a tangential relationship to the X-Men... so it's like a 7-10 split and the film throws the ball straight…