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  • Maniac

    Maniac

    ★★★★

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

    Falls in line with movies like Inception and Eternal Sunshine for having a great premise in an interesting world, but ultimately becoming linear and predictable despite their public status as “like, the craziest thing ever, I can’t even describe it, dude.” 

    Maniac is probably the best of its kind (the “escape the simulation gone awry” genre), especially because of the first two format-breaking micro-narratives that seem to come out of nowhere. They stand on their own as interesting stories, almost…

  • Wise Blood

    Wise Blood

    ★★★

    A competent adaptation of an incredible novel. A couple of punches are pulled in terms of the nastier details of the book, but the unconventional, disjointed storytelling and idiosyncratic characters are left totally intact. Brad Dourif should have at LEAST been nominated for his Hazel Motes. 

    There’s really just one major problem; Huston takes a very classical, binary approach to “dark comedy,” and it’s to this movie’s detriment. The funny scenes are isolated, and accompanied by corny slapstick bluegrass music.…

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

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

    As a staunch environmentalist and lifelong church-disliker, nothing could have dissuaded me from seeing this movie. I wish that hadn't been the case. First Reformed is the worst kind of indie movie; humorless, self-indulgent, male gaze-y, and above all, unsubtle.

    Heavy-handed doesn't even begin to describe the dialogue, the imagery, the plot points employed in bringing this movie's "message" to the screen. I can't help but be reminded of "God's Club," a movie on the opposite end of the political…

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    ★★★★½

    It's crazy how powerful it is just to have a nice dude look you in the eyes and tell you that you have value (regardless of what you "do"), as a kid or as an adult. I wonder if young kids get any kind of positive affirmation from scrollin' through youtube today.