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  • The Wife

    The Wife

    ★½

    tedious, obvious, unpleasant, and worse: dull. glenn's fine.

  • Claire's Camera

    Claire's Camera

    ★★★★½

    in art as in life, Claire (a solid Bazinian) teaches us, if at first you don't succeed, try try again.

    i also love how everyone is forced into simple language as none are speaking in their native tongue, and the result is some hilariously awkward conversations but also some blunt emotional honesty.

    “It’s so hard to make an honest film.”

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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★

    unbelievably stupid. anyone who finds something profound here (like the frat bros in my audience) are kidding themselves. the makeup girl does makeup on the models...and corpses!! so blunt and uninspired. some admittedly gorgeous shots, and some funny lines ("You. You can leave."), but overall empty, arrogant and so dumb.

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★

    least subtle movie i've ever seen. i couldn't help but laugh at this. i'm usually all in for Aronofsky's maximalism, but this is indulgent to a fault. once you get where it's going with this extended metaphor, it becomes simply an exercise in seeing just how far it will go. it's unpleasant.