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  • Nope

    ★★★★

  • Mad God

    ★★★★

  • Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

    ★★★

  • The Trial

    ★★★★★

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  • Nope

    Nope

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

    aka Pics or it didn’t happen

    “Ladies and gentlemen, this is a flying saucer,” a military rep smugly announces to a crowded room of self-professed UFO witnesses in CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. He’s referring, of course, to a photograph of a toy frisbee, but (naturally) his words go over like a certifiable lead balloon, and a barrage of overlapping exasperated voices quickly fills the air. One of them - Richard Dreyfuss’ character - exclaims, “Excuse me sir, I…

  • Mad God

    Mad God

    Mad indeed. Like a Hieronymus Bosch painting brought to life by Terry Gilliam, Alan Moore, Jim Henson and the Quay brothers after a week-long bender through Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell that, in a previous life, was destined to end up on a dusty shelf of sun-faded VHS tapes at a rundown video store, all minutely crafted by the kind of indelible weirdo that the film industry could use far more of. I mean, to say nothing else at all,…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    Wildly ambitious and admirable, but ultimately frustrating and exhausting. This is very much the director of THE DARK KNIGHT and INTERSTELLAR doing his own version of PRIMER. Take that however you'd like.

    Like INCEPTION, it's a film of mechanics and logistics, and like MEMENTO, there's a vague structural resemblance to an ouroboros, but it lacks the energy and mystery of either of them -- especially the way that INCEPTION piecemeals out the various machinations of dreamsharing without losing the forward…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    Wes, you can't just sneak in a hand-drawn animated short into the middle of this movie's climax without expecting me to begin campaigning for you to direct a full-on hand-drawn feature -- c'mon now, the world needs it.

    Pretty sure my face broke from smiling during this. May not be Anderson at his most emotionally resonant but it's him at the very height of his visual powers. The sheer imagination and inventiveness on display is exhilarating - ever since FANTASTIC…