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  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya


    Hyperkinetic and overdriven in the same manner as Adam McKay's The Big Short, an approach to recent history -- the ridiculous 1994 spat between figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding that took the nation and the appallingly sexist media by storm during the Winter Olympics -- that some will find unbearable, but that seems well-engineered to me to capture the frenetic media of these times, which of course has its roots in early '90s basic cable and the media…

  • In the Bedroom

    In the Bedroom


    A story as unstructured and unpredictable as life itself, starting with a teenager whose affair with an older woman (who has two children) is met with mild consternation by his parents and much worse by the girlfriend's former husband; it's best not to lay out much beyond that, but the actual events that occur under this film's watch aren't really the point anyway. What we're treated with is, along the lines of Tender Mercies, a powerhouse showcase for actors (Tom…

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  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Random thoughts for the day I watched this for the first time in many years and afterward realized it's been almost exactly a decade since I saw it in the theater, which is a weird feeling:

    When this was released and my then-girlfriend and I saw it and were enchanted by it, I had never been through a breakup. Funny how getting older changes how you see a film like this so much. The scenes establishing Joel and Clementine's relationship…

  • mother!



    One of the posters apes Rosemary's Baby, but the real Polanski being reconsidered here is Repulsion, utilizing the same sort of expressionistic nightmare to lay out what it feels like to be a woman in a patriarchal society, constantly taunted by assaults and microaggressions of various kinds (there's also some Biblical parable stuff but let me be frank and tell you I don't really give a shit about that; I'm glad it's there for people to chew on, though). Jennifer…