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Sacha Baron Cohen's on-screen personas have always been about lifting the veil and teasing out the ugly face of modern day society. Acting the fool makes everyone else vulnerable. People lower their guard, ascend to a position of power, or feel validated if they too are fools. They go along with it and are hoisted by their own petards. This is the most incisive and satirical aspect of Cohen's comedy. In fact, the lightning-fast wit and creativity that is…
Possibly the most divisive film of 2016, Nicolas Winding Refn's 'The Neon Demon' has been decried by many as style over substance. I could not disagree more. There is not a single frame or stylistic choice that does not contribute to the penetration of the film's aesthetic, or to the clarity and depth of its overarching message. It is destined for longevity as a cult classic.
The story is simple and familiar. Jessie (Elle Fanning) is a 16-year-old girl who…