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  • Ugly Nasty People

    Ugly Nasty People

    ★★★

    The movie tries a bit too hard to be politically incorrect with racism, sexism, and disabilities. That makes it hard to fully appreciate how well made it actually is. And it is exciting that someone would make a heist movie with strong influences from Freaks and Lady Gaga. Unlike Freaks this is not a chance for actual disabled people to get a moment in the spotlight though and instead the disabilities are used for mean-spirited comedy.

    As a heist movie…

  • Downsizing

    Downsizing

    ★★★½

    The idea of a world with some tiny people has good comedic potential. Wildly oversized props are just funny by default. This isn't really that kind of movie though. It's more of a strange pseudo-comedy like The Insider! mixed with serious social issues. It's not a comfortable mix at all and feels more like the first half is a compromise to deliver on the goofy stuff that got the producers sold on the pitch. It's really odd to spend so…

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★½

    I don't understand how the Coens manage to make stories that appear cynically dark but infusing them with a warmth and humor. This story of a singer-songwriter with a romanticized self-image is a hilarious tribute to struggling artists and the way they can sabotage themselves. Llewyn Davis writes nonsensical lyrics as he hasn't lived anything to write about, since that would cramp his artistic style and not let him live. This type of warped self-image is standard for the Coens…

  • 3-Iron

    3-Iron

    ★★★★½

    The first time I watched this movie I enjoyed it but wasn't blown away. I think I was expecting something more surreal after loving Dream (Bi-mong). This time around I was struck by how similar those movies are, and I'm a bit surprised I didn't appreciate it more before.

    The gradual introduction to the protagonists' world says enough about the whole movie. You get an image of the male character looking for something that he doesn't have, and then you…