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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★½

    Falls slightly short of my favorite sort of Lynch, to me, though what works (e.g. the audition scene) works as well as anything I’ve seen from him.

  • Downhill

    Downhill

    ★★★

    Weirdly similar in vibe — attempted absurdist comedy shot through with tragedy, all in a surreal setting that bears the beginnings of personal apocalypse — of “Downsizing,” by Faxon and Rash’s onetime collaborator Alexander Payne. That comparison ends up being unfair. But the absence here of real supporting characters or an idea bigger than “Modern Family goes wrong” was punishing. Also, speaking of Modern Family (and its being a part of conditioning us to understand basically any luxury as within the grasp of still-“relatable” characters) how rich was this family supposed to be? Lol

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  • The Thing About Harry

    The Thing About Harry

    ½

    deranged

  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★½

    my, like, fifth-order thought on this one is that I need to rewatch “Black Swan” to see exactly what Aronofsky stole