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  • Under the Tree

    Under the Tree

    ★★

    I was just bored by this utterly miserable neighbor squabble that's propped up with the sterile seriousness of an episode of Hannibal.

    More here: filmpulse.net/under-the-tree-review/

  • River's Edge

    River's Edge

    ★★★★½

    The cream of the crop of my NYAFF coverage so far. Brutally honest depiction of delinquency that has this unmistakable lyrical, industrial quality to its nihilism. An absolutely moving piece of teen angst that finds beauty in young suffering.

    More here: filmpulse.net/nyaff-2018-rivers-edge-review/

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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★★★½

    Never has there been a movie that is so vulgar and yet so audaciously beautiful. Refn's Neon Demon does everything in it's power to confront your ideas of aesthetics and completely invert them to a new classification the likes of which have not been approached since the glossy works of Dario Argento. Salacious and exploitative. Gruesome and utterly disturbing. Refn has made the type of film that makes one reconsider their taste and reevaluate what they believe is "too much"…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    Straight up not a gimmick. Draining the colour adds so much to the texture of this film. It gives the makeup such definition. The vistas such imposing scope. The fire and rubble such dynamic detail. Ridding one of the more colourful action films of the past two decades of its glorious palette would seem like an exercise in futility.

    But somehow, this might be better.