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  • Better Luck Tomorrow

    ★★★★

  • The Most Hated Man on the Internet

    ★★★★

  • Blue Collar

    ★★★★

  • Night Moves

    ★★★★½

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  • Jasper Mall

    Jasper Mall

    ★★★★

    It's Frederick Wiseman's Russian Ark, guided by a Kiwi Joe Exotic.

    This movie is an elegy for End Stage Capitalism. It's the last gasp of a pre-COVID society that failed us on every level, from 2019 Alabama to 2021 Texas. I hope that if this is the end of shopping malls -- an institution I love more than any rational person should -- it is the precursor to a more equitable and just society.

    It may have been tempting for…

  • Swallow

    Swallow

    ★★★★½

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

    Swallow isn't quite Get Out as told by Ari Aster, but that's the elevator pitch. As much as I admired Never Rarely Sometimes Always, it doesn't pack half the punch as Swallow does, while touching on the same themes of feminist agency, being trapped by societal pressures, and a need to escape.

    Hunter and Richie are giving off Jennifer Lawrence and Handsome Eli Manning vibes. They live in a palatial Catskills abode whose 1950-60s pastiche vibes would make Tim Burton…

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  • Better Luck Tomorrow

    Better Luck Tomorrow

    ★★★★

    With shades of movies like GoodFellas, Menace II Society and Brick (which came later), Better Luck Tomorrow is an expertly-crafted crime story by an extremely talented filmmaker, Justin Lin.

    Mostly because of my distaste for all things MTV, it took me a full 20 years before I was able to see this movie. I'm really glad I pulled the trigger on it, and not just because Jerry Mathers shows up in the first 10 minutes.

    The movie starts in media…

  • The Most Hated Man on the Internet

    The Most Hated Man on the Internet

    ★★★★

    It goes without saying that Hunter Moore is one of the most despicable, execrable people of the internet era. But what do we make of the infrastructure that supported him? Girlfriends who didn't speak up. Police officers who didn't listen. Magazine writers who unwittingly fed his celebrity. Twitter FOR FUCKS SAKE giving Moore free reign to terrorize people and call violence upon them.

    But perhaps worst of all is The Family, Moore's band of internet trolls who acted as his…

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  • Comedian

    Comedian

    ★★★★

    It's one thing to be funny. It's another thing to entirely to be a Comedian. Such is the thesis of this portrait of two stand-up comics.

    One of the comics is Jerry Seinfeld, one of the greatest, and inarguably most heralded comic of the last three decades. The other is Orny Adams, a young, brash upstart. The contrast between the two drives the film.

    While Orny is a nobody, he boldly demands respect, gets upset by hecklers, blames crowds for…

  • Malena

    Malena

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

    It wouldn't be too hard to fall for a woman like Malena, played by the stunningly, impossibly gorgeous Monica Bellucci (who, in 2000, may very well have been the most beautiful woman on earth). But I wish there was more to her as a character. As it stands, she represents lust in the eyes of the men of a small Italian town, as well as the jealousies of its women. She is also an ideal in the mind of Renato,…