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  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    ★★★★★

    An immediate all time favorite. I won't even bother analyzing/deconstructing this too much as it's a certified classic and quite well known, except to say that it has an absolutely awe-inspiring musicality to it that no other film in the misery-sploitation/sociopathy horror/bourgeois subversion film even comes close to. Bunuel. Hanecke. Neither of these guys match the cosmically bitter, cut-to-the-bone truths of Martha and George's mutually sadistic dinner party procession. And as delightful as watching these two trade barbs all night…

  • Golden Exits

    Golden Exits

    ★★★

    I enjoyed this significantly less upon re-watch. The minor key storytelling vibe is a intriguing enough premise but aside from a few great little observational moments this doesn't come anywhere near a compelling whole. Which I guess is part of the point seeing as how it's mainly a movie about miscommunication and interpersonal frustration, but I just don't like being in a position where I find myself sounding like one of ARP's lazier critics- Too much whining, monologues divorced from…

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★

    Ugh. Am I the only one that sort of hated this? Yeah, Francis McDormand gives a good performance and all that but I'm hard pressed to think of anything else to recommend this besides that. Ultimately very hollow and tonally messy, the biggest problem is how it treats its characters like cartoons while constantly punching down/shitting on them. Like the similarly themed mis-fire Logan Lucky, there were some pretty obvious stabs at capturing the national post-election mood, but most everything…

  • Martin

    Martin

    ★★★★½

    The modern day vampire deconstruction film (Let The Right One In, Only Lovers Left Alive etc) is pretty well known these days, though few are aware the trend actually started back in the 70s with a super underappreciated George A. Romero gem called Martin, about a young, awkward vampire who mostly feeds on horny, bored housewives and the occasional hobo. A mashup of a few different genres but never not its own thing, it can be a hard movie to…