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  • The Fanatic

    The Fanatic

    ★½

    Yeah, this is terrible, but I can’t help think that if they’d just tweaked the script a bit, added a touch of muddled social commentary, and called it MAD HATTER, Travolta and Durst would have gotten Oscar nominations.

  • The Assistant

    The Assistant

    ★★★★

    Reminds me a little of Jeanne Dielmann with its focus on drudgery. Not shocking or startling, but claustrophobic and glum. But also very frank and acute in its depiction of gendered work.

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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★

    There was a moment in this film that disturbed me to the point where I will never forget it, and I forget every fucking thing. That scene where the one character, who has snuck off to do something he shouldn’t, encounters another character, and bad stuff happens, but the sound design is such that I honestly thought there was someone in the theater behind me having some kind of a fit. This sense went on for long enough that I…

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★

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

    I had a pretty good time. But calm down. Yes, it’s effectively tense. It’s also pretty dumb. That whiteboard is ridiculous. Who printed the NY Post with that headline (“IT’S SOUND!” - not really) and delivered it to upstate NY and why? “What is the weakness?” The weakness is the whiteboard.  (I wrote that before I saw Mike D'Angelo's tweet saying the same thing.)

    It also has much more score than it needed. 

    And I’ll be honest. I think it’s batshit crazy that they didn’t terminate that pregnancy. 

    Otherwise, effectively made.