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  • Mauvais Sang

    Mauvais Sang

    ★★★

    The Modern Love scene does not disappoint. Otherwise outlines the pros and cons of saying you like close up magic to someone you may date.

    Pros:
    - the undiscovered country of entendre behind prestidigitation
    - hot hands
    - free magic (??)

    Cons:
    - your boyfriend is a magician
    - he's always "on"
    - everything's a big deal but not quite real
    - magic is a pageant and your boyfriend is JonBenet

  • Seven Beauties

    Seven Beauties

    ★★★★★

    For a comedy taking place in a concentration camp, grotesque in the right direction. Who rises to the top of every depraved situation? Cowards, not clowns.

    I don't know that I've ever seen a more damning condemnation of the moral cost of staying alive.

    Who holds the gun?

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  • Black Dynamite

    Black Dynamite

    ★★★★★

    Like straying so far from God's light you've doubled back into it, achieves in parody something beyond the realm of the original: sublimity. The affection this has for the genre tropes it so gleefully employs is contagious. Hilarious by every means necessary.

    Loses a star for being an awkward watch on a plane, so that drops it from 6 stars to only 5.

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★½

    Appropriately judgy about people who aren't hungry. Today at work my friend Clay said that since he had had a bite of jumbo pretzel last night he wasn't hungry at LUNCH. SIXTEEN HOURS LATER. Clay is dead to me. Whereas, Burning soaks Rusty from Oceans 11 in relevance like it's kerosene.

    About paranoia and confirmation bias, indirect sunlight, how not knowing what a metaphor is is a metaphor for loneliness, soliciting (and following through on!!) book recommendations, the sins of…