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  • Sollers Point

    Sollers Point

    ★★★★½

    Initially read this as a sort of riff on Louis Malle's The Fire Within for the vape generation, but after sitting on it a day it's sinking in how much more there is going on than that, and how accomplished and subtly profound this is. Both a searching character study and graceful examination of some of the more treacherous cross-sections of urban American life, Porterfield does with ease what so many directors post-2016 election have been trying to do, namely…

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★½

    Holy shit, Yorgos Lanthimos REALLY loves emotionally apathetic hand jobs, and in that regards this is his magnum opus. Dude is the undisputed Orson Welles of the cold tug. Other than that I'm really torn on this one. He's been working in more or less the same gear for his last three and it's becoming difficult to see his stories as anything other than pseudo-allegories he's stitched together from various mythological themes as vehicles to deliver his specific blend of…

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★

    Ugh. Am I the only one that 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 pretty much…

  • 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…