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  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★★½

    (previously tweeted, here for posterity)

    is this a better movie about new york, diamonds and toxic masculinity than uncut gems??

    todd philips: so we're using a comic book movie to trojan horse a REAL filme™...clown taxi driver
    cathy yan: actually, the best way for a comic book movie to communicate ideas (in this case misogyny, trauma, marginality) is to allow it to be a pulpy piece of comic book pop art??

    as I said in my joker review: one thing…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★

    clearly made in the darren aronofsky requiem for a dream sensory ethnography lab, i liked how todd phillips got steven soderbergh to personally pee on the lens they used

    honestly didn't mind when it starting hitting the dc origin story beats because that's when it remembered it was a comic book movie instead of a sundance drama about a mentally unwell clown, plus it's the only time bruce wayne's dad getting murked has been portrayed as justified

    there's something in…

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  • Aloha

    Aloha

    ★★★½

    this is a pynchon movie????? watched it at 5 am and am willing to say that like v and gravity's rainbow it prefers its critiques of capitalism and imperialism from the vantage point of wayward military personnel w/ the libidinal undercurrents of boardrooms and battlefields brought out by the rom com packaging

    as a result it asks the right questions from the wrong pov (and the emma stone casting fiasco didn't help) but it’s such an unusually singular movie to…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★½

    An interview quote surfaced on twitter this morning* that Anderson intended Alma to be a specifically Jewish refugee, as hinted by the scene in which she reacts with disgust to one character profiting off of selling visas to Jews during wartime. It speaks to something I originally thought of as one the film's strengths, mainly that Anderson gave up his failed attempts at saying something big in TWWB or the Master and realized he's much better at floating signifiers an…