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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★½

    Interesting: This Very Serious film has, at most, three jokes, and each of them is in some way at the expense of Buzz Aldrin. At the same time, the film's somewhat inexplicable* hatred of the dude is-- unintentionally-- way funnier than any of them. What gives!?!

    Anyway this is, for me, the most unexpected film of 2018. La La Land was a slipperier, more nagging creation than most were willing to admit, but news of this project seemed to confirm…

  • The First Purge

    The First Purge

    ★★★

    Small, stupid pleasures! Admittedly, that's not totally unexpected; I'd seen all of the films before this, and had found consistent, minor enjoyment in each one. And as far as horror franchises go, The Purge is certainly worth supporting; it's really the only one connecting us back to the socially-conscious, liberal hyperbole of the 70s exploitation film-- even though their humorless, empty-headed agreeability show how far we've fallen from that provocative ideal (these films are terrified of offending anyone, which, uh,…

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  • The Duke of Burgundy

    The Duke of Burgundy

    ★★★★½

    84/100

    Showed this to my father. He was bored by it. I explained to him that the fact that he loves me enough to watch any film I want him to is what the film is basically about. He said "No Julian, it's about lesbian lepidopterists."

    It's still a masterpiece, Dad.

  • Mustang

    Mustang

    ★★★★

    73/100

    Hot Take 1: The Great Escape + The Virgin Suicides = me underselling the fuck out of this movie.

    Hot Take 2: A beautiful, ten-legged monster is sliced up by the patriarchy, but bravely refuses to bleed.