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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    I watched The Neon Demon yesterday and I'm pretty disgusted with it. NWR tried to balance an exploration into the beautiful and austere world of high fashion modeling with trashy horror and intercuts it with surreal stylized nothingness. The result is nearly a complete failure. There are some really stunning visuals, but aside from that it feels like three different films that have been poorly meshed together. Literally every character is, at best, a despicable cunt. Yes, that's the point;…

  • Phoenix

    Phoenix

    ★★★★

    Loved how intimate and quiet it was, and with such an effectively disturbing undercurrent to all of the proceedings. Nina Hoss was quite perfect and Nina Kunzendorf was excellent as well. The one drawback of the film for me is in the believably of it, I suppose. They wisely didn't show any flashbacks of Nelly before her time in Auschwitz, so we don't have anything to compare post-Internment camp Nelly with her past self, but some of the plausibility seemed…

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  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha

    ★★★★½

    Frances Ha is wonderful with a terrific script, a comedy that always works. It feels like a coming-of-age film, despite Frances being 27 years old. And while I don't think it's meant as any kind of negative social commentary, it perfectly captured the more and more prevalent extended period between being a student or someone who is totally reliant upon parents and being a responsible adult. The filmmakers poke fun at the idiosyncrasies and lifestyle of several of the characters…

  • Thanks for Sharing

    Thanks for Sharing

    ★★★

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

    The best and worst thing about Thanks for Sharing is that it's a comedy about addiction ruining people's lives. Keeping things relatively light made the film enjoyable. I liked all the performances, with the highlight being P!nk, of all people. The romance was cute enough, the pacing was excellent, and I was always rooting for the characters. I'm not 100% happy with the conclusion that neatly arranges the characters into a good place of growth, but I did find the…