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  • F*&% the Prom

    F*&% the Prom

    ★★★★★

    If The Kissing Booth is a film that's ridiculously awful but still so entertaining in spite of itself, this is the reverse. This is the nadir. This is the movie that's physically painful to watch. If you thought A Serbian Film was a lot, you haven't seen this.

    This is directed by the Fine Brothers, the assholes who got famous creating those Youtube videos about people reacting to other people's content, and got into that huge public flameout for trying…

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  • Through a Glass Darkly

    Through a Glass Darkly

    ★★★

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

    CW: MENTIONS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND ABUSE

    Bergman's a director I initially dismissed as a pretentious sod. He's still a pretentious sod, and he always will be, but one of the great lessons of life is that there is something to be learned from pretension, and I'd gotten so used to people like Woody Allen (who uses pretension to brag about his intelligence to make his audiences feel stupid) that it ironically detracted from people like Bergman (who uses his…

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    A Matter of Life and Death

    ★★★½

    Cinema has a preoccupation with life after death and all of the cutesy postmodern ways you can depict heaven without pissing off the Evangelicals too much. A Matter of Life and Death has definitely inspired many others (Albert Brooks' badly aged but still fun Defending Your Life might as well have been sued for plagiarism) with the idea of this purely corporate heaven, a hotel with perfect service and angelic employees that never run out of juice. But Pressburger and…

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★

    This is a direct prequel to Batman Vs Superman. Or not. The way that this is both a direct prequel and also not sums up the way this one tries to have its cake and eat it too at every opportunity. On the one hand, it segues directly into the opening of Zack Snyder's libertarian opus. Then it abruptly decides to steal the ending of the infinitely worse Mr. Nobody and posit that Arthur Fleck has made the entire thing…

  • Audrie & Daisy

    Audrie & Daisy

    ★★★

    Two things worth noting:

    1. Hearing rapists talk about their crimes as casually as you'd talk about your weekend is genuinely chilling.

    2. Why the hell are the rapists' identities hidden and the victims are not? Was there some legal thing involved with that? Is it just one more way to show how pervasive rape culture is in this country? Did they have a choice?

    Regardless, it's a look at American rape culture, especially as it pertains to high school…