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  • Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes

    ★★★

  • Joe vs Carole

    ★★

  • Noroi: The Curse

    ★★★½

  • UMMA

    ★★★

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  • Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes

    Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes

    ★★★

    As a stark indictment on the climate that allowed a serial murderer to operate unbothered, Nilsen Tapes shares a devastating kinship with another Netflix crime doc, The Ripper.

    The delivery system finds a rhythmic sweet spot, oscillating between the Nilsen tapes and the accounts of investigators. It’s interesting to see where the stories diverge.

    On the lawman side of things, it’s a unique case in that, with a serial killer and unidentifed remains in front of them, they had to backwards-engineer their investigation to trace and name the victims. Most dread-inducing are the accounts of the near-misses and escaped survivors.

  • Joe vs Carole

    Joe vs Carole

    ★★

    An extended SNL sketch grasping at an expired pop culture moment, but Kate McKinnon’s glimmer and gusto breaks through the caricature. She’s a leading lady and the rest of this industry needs to catch up with her.

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  • Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer

    Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer

    ★★

    When doing true crime docs, it’s always good to present the viewer with a general grasp of the culture and climate surrounding the crime. It’s what makes the awful police response to the Yorkshire Ripper murders understandable (not forgivable, but understandable in a cause-and-effect sense); Netflix’s The Ripper works well to highlight the victims and to highlight the fact that the killer could have been caught far sooner had it not been for an explicit bias among both law enforcement…

  • Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself

    Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself

    ★½

    While performing, Spencer Tracy used to occasionally hit his marks by explicitly incorporating them into his mannerisms. He’d shove his hands into his pockets, shuffle towards the target, and take a beat or two to regard the spot on the floor upon his arrival before continuing with his delivery. The mark itself wasn’t visible in the frame so onscreen, the whole event appeared unique and profound. But behind it was a simple, practical ruse. 

    In & Of Itself operates a similar…