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  • Batman Forever

    Batman Forever

    ★★½

    I appreciate how shamelessly flamboyant and horny this is, but it pains me to say my guy Jim is mostly insufferable. It's like he's on autopilot, just doing his dumb schtick for the sake of it, speaking in gobbledygook etc. In the words of Tommy Lee Jones, I cannot sanction his buffoonery. That said, I actually liked this a little more than I was expecting to. In my memory it was absolute dogshit, but I can't deny there is some…

  • Vivre Sa Vie

    Vivre Sa Vie

    ★★★

    Lacks the spontaneity and sense of humor of his earlier work and is not as supremely crafted as Contempt (the only post-Vivre movie of his I've seen), which unfortunately leaves me wanting. It feels too detached and intellectual for its own good (or perhaps I'm just too dumb), I groaned at the explicitly philosophical conversation with the professor towards the end. As for the ending itself, I gather the abruptness is the point, but it's ultimately too weightless to be…

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  • Velvet Buzzsaw

    Velvet Buzzsaw

    ★★

    Wasted Potential: The Movie

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

    Strip away the A1 production design (you feel every spray of mist, every gust of wind), the gorgeous, claustrophobic black and white photography, the thumping, nautically-inclined score, and at its heart you’ll find a buddy comedy masquerading as a heavyweight fight between a contemporary legend and an ever-improving star. Dafoe and Pattinson chew and spit out every hardy word the Eggers brothers have laid out for them with such dialectical precision, humor, and energy it’s astonishing. Even the most savage…