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  • Mosaic

    Mosaic

    ★★★½

    Not sure this project should be on Letterboxd, but whatever. I watched it both ways, app first then miniseries. To my surprise, I prefer the former. The app has its problems: (1) If you watch everything, you end up revisiting various scenes multiple times—purportedly to get different viewpoints, though they don't quite differentiate enough to justify it. (2) The runtimes for each section don't include the "Discoveries," which can be frustrating if you're watching it piecemeal as I did because...…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

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

    I sat on my reaction for a few days to give the film time to digest—plus I get no pleasure in being contrarian—and I'm still torn. Black Panther is a welcome departure from the previous MCU entries in imagery (faces, costumes, environments, cultures) and subtext (one of the few Marvel films to seriously address politics, and the first in the context of race), yet it falls prey to the usual narrative formula (particularly the third act, which is generic and…

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  • Tusk

    Tusk

    ½

    Among the stupidest films I've ever had the displeasure of seeing. There are maybe fifteen minutes of competent filmmaking craft (which comprise the bulk of the trailer), and they expire well before the midpoint. Mostly, Tusk displays a complete lack of understanding in basic storytelling concepts: pertinent exposition, suspense vs. surprise, effective flashbacks, and, uh, story logic. Smith shows his hand far too early and then spends the remaining time putzing around with mundane eccentricity and narrative redundancy. While Tusk

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★½

    Film of the year for me (so far). The Safdies have continually impressed with their ability to realistically sketch flawed protagonists of disreputable behavior in economically-depressed and socially-maligned circumstances. The verisimilitude of their environments is second to none and only enhances the strident nature of their stories. In this sense, Good Time is of a piece with the Safdies' previous work. But it also demonstrates the brothers' refinement of craft and a heretofore undisclosed flair for riveting action. Through their…