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  • The Golden Glove

    The Golden Glove

    ★★★

    I find claims of this film being "disgusting" to be, although understandable (but also overstated anyway), deeply saddening. A more apt description would be "unsettling". The reason I say this is because the visceral reaction - from both admirers and detractors alike - comes from the film's grotesquerie, which seems to equate psychical ugliness with moral decay and degeneracy and I'm always cautious of a director's intentions when depicting this imagery, whether or not he/she is gawking at obscenity or…

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    Zero Dark Thirty

    ★★★

    Reductive comparison criticism incoming, but pretty much an above average and feature length episode of Homeland - right down to the obnoxiously determined protagonist, even - which, however, is not to say that it's bad at all, it's competent enough and the meticulous raid on Bin Laden's compound is indeed a notable setpiece, but this would have better suited to a miniseries format (10 episodes, each chronicling a year in the manhunt). As it is, it can feel a bit…

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  • Monkey Up

    Monkey Up

    ½

    Please stop liking this

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    Ingenious premise is negated through bombastic gestures that are all completely contradictory to the idea of silence - the abundance of hackneyed jump scares is the most obvious one (Krasinski even uses the "fake jump scare" technique, if you needed more proof of laziness and tropes galore), accompanied by deafening sound cues, and the setup/release of these scenes come too early to ever mount tension successfully; however, the consistently droning and distracting score, full of blaring horns, may be even…