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  • Hot Summer Nights

    Hot Summer Nights

    A string of teen-movie cliches fleetingly interrupted by Tarantino cliches. I got through more than half. 

    Upsides: Emory Cohen chews through a terrifically hammy bad-guy role, and Chalamet gives the most external performance I’ve seen from him; instead of leaning into his/the character’s gawkiness, he deepens his voice and tightens his jaw to throw it into relief — he’s as impressive here as he is stranded. 

    Biggest laugh: when they introduce the blandish CW hunk with the name “Hunter Strawberry.”

  • One Sings, the Other Doesn't

    One Sings, the Other Doesn't


    A muted, earnest, but still fascinating document of second-wave feminism, the film tackles abortion, motherhood, and the need for sisters to do it for themselves. 

    Varda’s camera is cool and unfussy. She presents a funeral in a static medium shot. When she moves in, it’s mostly on women’s faces. She explicitly concerns the picture with their representation, and she lets their faces speak. In the opening scene, one of the leads calls out a photographer, the first of the film’s…

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  • The Haunting of Hill House

    The Haunting of Hill House


    I so wish I could take credit for rechristening this show This Is Dead Us, but that honor belongs to the great Mark Harris. I’ll expand with my own thoughts, but he seems to have said it all in just four words. 

    Yes, it was scary and made me jump a few times and one time scream and wake two kittens. But this owes more to the original Dark Shadows than Shirley Jackson’s novel, and 10 hours is way too…

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


    I haven’t seen this since its first run; it still strikes me as a moving, awe-inspiring feat from Kaufman and Gondry. This time, though, the contributions of Jon Brion and cinematographer Ellen Kuras popped so much more for how they weave the nostalgic and the creepy, the romantic and the bitter. 

    Along with Iris and Little Children, this to me stands as one of the three times Winslet deserved the Oscar (unlike the consolation prize she eventually received for best…