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  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★½

    Clever plot, smutty content that pretends to be anti-smut. What’s not to like?

    While watching, I couldn’t help thinking of the women who had been manipulated and debased by men in Hollywood. They join forces and turn the tables. What a strange fantasy!

  • Better Off Dead...

    Better Off Dead...

    ★★

    I understand all the nostalgia for this film. Until now, I’ve only seen highlights as clips. The star rating is purely a cold judgement on the merits. 


    There are some inventive moments, notably the recurring nightmare of the paperboy attempting to collect two dollars. In this — and perhaps an animated fantasy starring stop motion burgers — the film achieves the sublime, which I grant very few films are able to do.


    The characters are flat. The plot is flat.…

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