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  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★★½

    VOX LUX has this dark streak of intelligence that uses two vicious acts of violence to remind you that anything can be celebritized. It's a film that commodifies pain and tragedy into fame and glitter, how a career shaped by terrorism can be appropriated to incite more terrorism, and by extension, more fame and glitter. The feedback loop is destructively Faustian. You wanna rise to stardom and be admired by millions? Pony up and appease the dark lords of fame…

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★½

    THE FAVOURITE is a perfect example of why Lanthimos should never direct anything he doesn't write. What a massive disappointment. I wouldn't even catalog it in the same cinematic galaxy as DOGTOOTH, THE LOBSTER, or THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, which is interesting, because for as many weird, cultish trademarks he tries to squeeze in, his voice still feels suffocated and bound to a conventional template not of his own making. Makes sense. He didn't pen any of it.…

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  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★★

    A smoldering, seductive, slow-burn mystery that'll cause your head to spin the more you think about it. This is one of the most layered, immense, richly ambiguous films I've seen in recent memory. A story about the frustrations of caste divide, of the rich vampirizing the poor, and of the fantasies people chase that remain forever beyond their reach. BURNING is the decidedly dark, more bewildering version of THE GREAT GATSBY, specifically, how it epitomizes the sociology of wealth, of…

  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★★★½

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news folks, but THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT might be one of the best films of the year. I feel shitty admitting that, especially for it being such a grisly, graphic, horrifying saga of violence surrounding some big taboo topics (yes, I saw the unrated version that premiered at Cannes and caused walkouts, and yes, I can understand why). But it’s also LVT at his most self-reflexive, self-damning, self-important, and self-perfecting, which…