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Still from Joe Dante’s Gremlins (1984)

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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie ★★★★

Holy bejeezus, what an odd film. I mean truly odd. Not in the Lynch way, though, but in some completely new way. Sometimes it plays out like a Monty Python skit. Sometimes it feels like French New Wave. Sometimes it feels like a laugh track is missing. Sometimes it comes this close to slapstick but without the pay-off. It is definitely satire, though, that much I can say with confidence. The film pokes fun at so many things it could be (and probably has been) the subject of many a PhD dissertation.

I honestly can't write a review of it, at least not without spending way too much time I don't have right now reading about it.

All I can say is it is truly odd, and compelling and engaging and I loved it. I really loved it.

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