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  • Last Summer
  • Fox and His Friends
  • Red Psalm
  • Seventeen

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  • The Worst Person in the World

    ★★

  • The Last American Virgin

    ★★★

  • Kid Blue

    ★★★½

  • Dick Tracy

    ★★★

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  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★

    A sad man movie disguised as a journey of feminine self-discovery...or something.

    Trier and Vogt's script is more about airing relationship grievances and soliciting pity than it is about developing its female protagonist in any meaningful way. It even shoehorns in some #metoo commentary with all the grace and substance of a Joe Rogan podcast.

    I'm seeing comparisons to Amile - actually, Eternal Sunshine is more analogous. Though that movie at least wallows transparently in male post-breakup decrepitude - this…

  • The Last American Virgin

    The Last American Virgin

    ★★★

    At home, 16mm

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  • Purl

    Purl

    Yikes.

    Regressive, fake-woke, and decidedly un-feminist.

    Nobody is bothered that all women are represented by balls of yarn?!

    Or that the ultimate message is that it's up to women to change sexist workplace attitudes?

    Peak commodified feminism.

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★

    Telluride Film Festival, DCP

    Perhaps you see the Safdies as performers of high-wire narrative acrobatics, taking the viewer on break-neck, claustrophobic rides that don’t relent till the final frame. You’d be right, and Gems is exactly the film you were expecting.

    Or maybe you see the Safdies as the self-appointed gatekeepers of an imagined underworld, whose depictions of grit and viscerality are the feigned posturing of privileged sons for whom human despair is merely an aesthetic. You’d also be right,…