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  • Tomatos Another Day

    Tomatos Another Day

    ★★

    What is this--a vaudeville sketch of bad film acting, misnamed avant-garde?

  • Limite

    Limite

    ★★★½

    I'd say "atmospheric," but I seem to use that as shorthand for a maximum of portentousness meets a minimum of defined meaning. Would classify with A Page of Madness and Un Chien Andalou...as an exercise in screwing with the Kuleshov effect.

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  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★★★½

    Descends to common denominators of a lowness I thought mathematically impossible. Substitutes cheesy 1980s references for plot and character consistency. And I enjoyed it tremendously. Congratulations Hollywood, you've got another too-big-to-fail franchise.

  • The Scarlet Empress

    The Scarlet Empress

    ★★★★★

    A fever dream of sex, violence, and grotesqueness. An impressionist sketch of infinite riches in a squalid little room.

    If some Lubitsch comedies are operettas minus the singing, The Scarlet Empress is unsung grand opera: a vestigial plot and a purely nominal basis in history, serving as a pretext for a series of star turns of the highest order. It's demented, and as in the operatic world, I intend that as the highest praise possible. If I knew more about 20th century music, I would lament that someone didn't collaborate with von Sternberg to give this work the musical setting it deserves.