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  • WandaVision



    Insufferable cornball sitcom pastiche, bit-player government agency bullshit, facile study of grief, and generic superhero action. Someone please halt the MCU assembly line, I'm fucking exhausted.

  • To Live and Die in L.A.

    To Live and Die in L.A.


    As cool as it is seedy (I recall thinking I needed a shower after that first viewing), To Live and Die in L.A. made an immediate impression on teenaged Jared. One of my earliest experiences with an irredeemable protagonist, whose fate shocked me at the time and remains highly unusual for a mainstream Hollywood picture. Of course, once it's clear the dude is just an asshole adrenaline junkie with a badge, the narrative couldn't end any other way (that alternate…

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  • Tusk



    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

  • Love


    Dull, obnoxious, and interminable, Love doesn't resemble actual sex. There's probably a good hardcore art film to be made, but this isn't it. Noé's provocation has never been so vacuous. Replete with awful acting and even worse dialogue, Love nearly sinks between sex scenes. Its narrative of relational discord, male ego, and selective memory is bankrupt of thematic insight—an essential ingredient for any story with an insufferable protagonist. There's a beautiful shot or two but nothing we haven't seen in his previous work. This is the film he should have titled Enter the Void.