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  • All These Women

    All These Women

    ½

    F-/F/D/F

    The George W. Bush of movies - so annoyingly goofy that you don't notice how incompetent it is, and once you're noticing its ineptitude you're not noticing how bitter and offensive it is. The one notable feature is its unique look for Bergman - he's pulling from several different sources (French theatrical farce, Bunuel's social surrealism, "Benny Hill" level antics (really!) and (uggggh) Jerry Lewis movies at full ego) - albeit presenting them with complete contempt, as if the audience had collaborated with snooty critics to burn his house down, and this film is his revenge by delivering an insufferable experience for both.

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★½

    B/A/C/B/C

    Scorsese once again uses an epic scope to tackle multiple themes, but in a superior way to that in "Gangs of New York" - while that film lurched from revenge tale to vote-rigging procedural, here the elements of a guy telling his story (ah, but to who?), a fateful road trip, loyalty to family (and to The Family), a collection of entertaining underworld misfits, and the swath of 4 decades of historical events coexist much better amongst themselves. A…

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★½

    A/B-/B

    With "Gone Girl", David Fincher returns to his interests in Surface Tensions - not in superficiality per se, but rather how the presentation of people's fears, desires, and ideas are taken more seriously, given more weight, than the flawed humans performing them. What happens when an imperfect person or relationship is put under continual public scrutiny, and what lengths must a person go to overcome it? The question is treated in a much more pulpy and humorous manner than…

  • Jodorowsky's Dune

    Jodorowsky's Dune

    ★★

    C+/D-

    This movie is an (inter)stellar example of an emerging kind of movie I call the Fancumentary. Fanboys are known for how their enthusiasm for a subject eclipses all perspective, and now thanks to digital filming and editing they get to make and release films that deliver this context-free adulation. Here the focus is on a Trivial Pursuit question in sci-fi movie history: "What would have happened if they made the legendary 'Dune' with surreal cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, 'Alien'…