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  • Madeline's Madeline

    Madeline's Madeline

    ★★★★

    "Josephine Decker keeps viewers at bay with her disjointed rhythms and oftentimes unsettles the image and story flow through abstract digressions and textural idiosyncrasies. In her first narrative feature, Butter on the Latch (2013), she annihilated preconceived notions of what a persona-swap film was supposed to look and feel like while making similar contemporary pictures like Queen of Earth (2015) look simplistic by comparison. Decker isn’t an easy filmmaker, and she doesn’t hand her films to viewers on a silver…

  • Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    ★★

    every single formal choice in this is so loud that every performance that's begging for something resembling an interior (Winona & Clea DuVall especially) is buried underneath the weight of the simplistic, obvious, blunt instrument direction and characterization of everything else.

    It makes the few quieter moments (the girls reading their medical files, bowling, "Downtown") resonate much more strongly, but this is completely coincidental. Everyone aimed big here, and in doing so completely snuffed out the center. Girl, Interrupted is all…

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★

    Imagine the poor sap who died in this universe because he couldn't hold in a fart.

  • Lava

    Lava

    I bet Ringo Starr loves the shit out of this. He probably sat there watching the movie and nudging his friends in the side with the biggest grin on his face. "Ahhh, they LAVA each other", he says at the close of the short film.

    When he arrives home later that night he begins to compose a rock opera on the love of Volcanoes because he is so touched by the great act of love between these two mountains.

    Paul…