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  • May December


  • Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny


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Recent reviews

  • May December

    May December


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

    The reason Todd Haynes is Todd Haynes instead of some jerkoff is when the scene comes along where the Zoomer kid is disgusted that the cusp Gen-X/elder millennial actress is drawn to moral ambiguity, he lets her cook for a couple seconds. He doesn't slosh his martini bellowing about how you damn kids these days need to learn about Rainer Werner Fassbinder. He just lets her have that moment.

    Which is par for the course for his career; the list…

  • Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

    Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny


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

    The first half hour is clunky but fun, the last twenty minutes or so are genuinely touching, the middle twelve hours are a little rough. I will concede, on paper, that an Indiana Jones movie where the villain's plot is to kill Hitler for not being a good enough exponent of Nazism and where Indy ultimately says out loud that he'd rather literally live in ancient history than his own time is thematically meaty. But there's a reason why you actually have to make the movie rather than just have a good Wikipedia summary. Preferably without someone in the Panama Papers making sitcom jokes about capitalism.

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