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  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  • Yi Yi
  • Force Majeure
  • Alien

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  • New Rose Hotel

  • Altered States

    ★★★½

  • Alien: Covenant

    ★★★½

  • Amsterdam

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  • New Rose Hotel

    New Rose Hotel

    1.0/5.0 = Bad

    Abel Ferrara in first-draft mode. The film bros can arch their backs into an Olympian pretzel for all I care, but this is barely a real movie: this is, at best, an inciting incident, a handful of impromptu acting exercises between Christopher Walken and Willem Dafoe, and a largely nonsensical, inconsequential, and perhaps most glaringly, uninteresting con-artist narrative anchored around a devilishly sexy femme fatale in Asia Argento.

    The scene work is occasionally fun — how can…

  • Altered States

    Altered States

    ★★★½

    3.5/5.0 = Great

    I liked this a lot when it was purely a metaphysical psycho-drama: a psychedelic fable of a caucasian scientist so hell-bent on unearthing the secrets of the unseen realm that he naively dives headfirst into ethnic tourism. It’s at both times a funny critique of hippie academia and a sobering reminder of how completely displaced modern society is from nature and the cosmos.

    Unfortunately this gets to be a little too saccharine for its own good in the…

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  • Two Distant Strangers

    Two Distant Strangers

    ½

    0.5/5.0 = Notably Terrible

    Note: I only review short films if they're nominated for an Oscar. I don't like the idea of publishing criticism on other short films.

    Joey Bada$$ police brutality drama TWO DISTANT STRANGERS is easily the worst short film nominated for the Academy award since 2017s SILENT NIGHTS. Honestly, it may be the worst short film I've ever seen, full stop. This is totally irresponsible, careless, stupid, juvenile, and tactless filmmaking. I'm not the first to say…

  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    ½

    0.5/5.0 = Notably Terrible

    Note: I only review short films if they're nominated for an Oscar. I don't like the idea of publishing criticism on other short films.

    Just when I thought there wouldn't be a terrible movie in this year's slate of Oscar nominated shorts, one of my favorite working actors, Riz Ahmed, swoops in to save the day with the crassest vanity piece of the year. Let me preface this by saying that my mother is a Muslim…