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  • Colossal

    Colossal

    ★★★★

    Watching this movie was bewildering and exhilarating. The story is truly strange and unexpected and the concept is flat-out brilliant. Like Get Out, it uses a familiar horror storyline to uncover real-world injustices, in this case the violence and coercion and control men perpetrate against women. 

    Anne Hathaway is as great as she's ever been. She can be a compelling and sympathetic screw-up without making her problems look cute. Her character has real problems, but Jason Sudekis's character turns out…

  • They Live

    They Live

    ★★★

    This movie could start the revolution.

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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★

    I really admire Alex Garland for making this his directorial debut. It's small in scale, but ambitious in its intensity and focus, and in how dark and negative it is about men, especially in relation to women.

    I see this movie as an allegory for the internet and its treatment of women. As Adam Savage said in his wonderful story for The Moth, if the internet was a person, that person would have a serious problem with women. (themoth.org/posts/stories/talking-to-my-kids-about-sex-in-the-internet-age) In…

  • My Dinner with André

    My Dinner with André

    ★★★½

    I watched the first half one night while very tired. When Andre was still going on and on about Grotowski 40 minutes in, I turned it off and went to bed.

    Well, the second half was a LOT better, I'm so glad I finished it. The conversation focuses on pretty standard Buddhism-inspired ideas of mindfulness and awakening to one's life and not behaving like a zombie in a world full of unthinking and unaware people. But I really liked how…