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  • Neruda

    Neruda

    ★★★★

    I loved the fuck out of Jackie, so I had been wanting to check out Pablo Larraín's other non-traditional 2016 biopic. All I knew about Pablo Neruda was that he was a poet, so I was immediately thrown by all the political stuff in the first act. Senator! Communism! Chile! Uh! I finally found my footing once policeman Óscar Peluchonneau entered the scene. God, Gael García Bernal is such a delight in this film, looking and talking like he stepped…

  • The Squid and the Whale

    The Squid and the Whale

    ★★★

    I like squids, whales, and the band Noah and the Whale more than I like The Squid and the Whale, my first Noah Baumbach film. I do not get the critical adoration of this look at two boys dealing with their parents' divorce. Everyone is kinda awful and William Baldwin just says "brother" for eighty minutes. Yes, it's clear Jeff Daniels is supposed to be an asshole and it's clear Jesse Eisenberg is modeling himself after his asshole father, but…

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  • One Cut of the Dead

    One Cut of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    I had such a wonderful time seeing One Cut of the Dead in a theater with strangers I honestly feel a little sad that most people will only get to experience this utterly delightful film at home on Shudder. It kicks off with an increasingly impressive 37-minute long take during which we watch the making of a zombie film in a creepy abandoned water filtration plant. If you guessed that this film crew encounters REAL ZOMBIES...yes, you're very smart. Shut…

  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★★

    I have just seen my new frontrunner for best film of 2019, and it is The Farewell, a.k.a. Dramatic Irony: The Movie. Lulu Wang tells a very personal story about a grandmother who is diagnosed with cancer and given three months to live...except, per Chinese custom, none of her family tells her, instead throwing a fake wedding as an excuse for them to get together in China to grieve...without letting her know. This is the kind of movie where you…