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  • Y Tu Mamá También

    Y Tu Mamá También

    ★★★

    58/100

    Everybody Wants Some is one of the best films of the decade; point being, nothing about this film's comparable levels of testicular nostalgia irritates or offends me. There is however, a different sort of smugness to be found in Cuaron's deployment of wistful pathos, which is, how do I put it, fucking *easy*. It's even more irritating because I know the little political "intrusions" are at least 15% of the reason anyone would think this is a masterpiece; I…

  • Starman

    Starman

    ★★★½

    64/100

    Not surprising this is much stronger when it's doing "outer space life form stole my dead husband's body and has kidnapped me with unreadable motives" than when it's doing "outer space jesus has my babies, DON'T KILL JESUS, American GOVERNMENT." Still there's something singular and bracing about those early passages, where Carpenter lingers uncomfortably on a-too-exhausted-to-be-terrified Karen Allen, leaving all the horrific emotions this woman must be going through mostly unsaid-- reflected in the eerie blankness of Bridge's face. Still quite watchable and even truly sweet once it goes cute (love the eating scenes), but someone remake this DARK.

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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.