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  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • High Fidelity
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Resurrection

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  • Barbarian

    ★★★½

  • Carter

    ★½

  • Emily the Criminal

    ★★★½

  • Blonde

    ★★★★

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  • Barbarian

    Barbarian

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A hell of a lot of fun even if its clever structure gussies up a fairly boilerplate horror premise. After a banger first act, Barbarian pulls off a fantastic, disorienting pivot. Unfortunately it's a reveal spoiled by the trailer, especially if you read the log line and connected too many dots like I did. It was either a moment that kills in the context of the film, or one that kills as the basis for a great rug-pull piece of…

  • Carter

    Carter

    ★½

    What a bummer after being wowed by The Villainess a few years ago. Perhaps the most I’ve ever seen a film's reach exceed its grasp conceptually.

    If I was shown this as a working cut with 2 to 3 months of visual effects work still to come I’d be more than excited for the final result. As it stands, there are numerous scene transitions, CGI elements, and entire sequences that are embarrassingly unfinished. Concieving the movie as a mock-oner without…

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  • We Live in Public

    We Live in Public

    ★★★★

    "Andy Warhol was actually wrong. His view was that people want 15 minutes of fame in their lifetime. Our view is that people want 15 minutes of fame every day."

    Josh Harris was shockingly prescient about virtually all of it. How the Internet would worm its way into our daily interactions, how social media would fundamentally change our behavior, how chronicling our lives would become inextricably tied to our sense of worth.

    The only part he got wrong was the…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Sound of Metal is ostensibly about hearing loss, portrayed through exceptional sound design and a riveting career best performance from Riz Ahmed (who more than makes up for his embarrassing villain turn in the cringe-fest known as Venom).

    More broadly, Darius Marder's film is about loss, full stop. The loss of control, the loss of identity, the loss of a passion, the loss of the plans one had for their life. As someone who's suffered the unexpected death of a…