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  • The Way Back

    The Way Back

    ★★

    It’s hard out here for a Tinsel Town A-Lister. Consider Ben Affleck, once a Miramax Golden Boy, leading man, Oscar-winning writer, and a lauded director of a Best Picture winner, no less. If you believe everything you read, you’d be convinced that Ben’s been having a tough time of late, the last 5 years being particularly troublesome. The struggle is apparently so real that The Way Back is being pegged as his own personal redemption story, his resurgence, his…way back,…

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★½

    A project tailor-made for mini-budget powerhouse producer Jason Blum, no doubt delighting in the fact that the most accurate depiction of the titular character is one that requires the sum total of literally no capital investment whatsoever. For a good portion of the film, Leigh Whannell leans into this fiscally prudent approach, the opposite path to the many effects-heavy predecessors that saw fit to provide early evidence of an otherwise imperceptible presence - hats, bandages, glasses, hell, even entire nervous…

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  • Zazie dans le Métro

    Zazie dans le Métro

    ★★

    If you’re a long-time reader of my reviews, you’d know that slapstick isn’t my jam, and to my chagrin, Zazie dans le Métro plays out like an hour and half New Wave Benny Hill sketch. It’s occasionally charming and certainly inventive, but these type of antics just don’t bring me any joy. The one exception to this is Phillippe Noiret’s soliloquy atop the Eiffel Tower - I’d love to read about how this astonishing sequence was filmed, because it seemed to me that cast and crew had to be placing themselves in mortal danger to capture some of those shots.

  • Birth

    Birth

    ★★★½

    That the least of Jonathan Glazer’s works still manages to be quite good demonstrates the man is no slouch. I was initially frustrated, but eventually won over, by the aloofness of the film, with the more thought put into reflection, the better I felt about the experience. It’s paradoxical by design, cleverly constructed to create a discomforting air that lingers after the credits have rolled. The ‘is he/isn’t he’ central mystery is both everything and nothing.

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★

    If Infinity War was, as @kernetcetera so eloquently described, ‘television’, then Endgame is the TV finale, the send-off show, the goodbye episode that wraps it all up with a nice little bow and gives the fans an opportunity to pay their respects to characters that had been a part of their lives for so many seasons. On that note, it’s certainly not the type of film that was made for someone like me, and I was a fool for thinking…

  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★★★★

    Murder as art. Art as murder. Engineering. Architecture. Heaven and hell. The tiger. The lamb. The dark light. The noble rot. 
    There will be lots of words about this to come.