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  • Irresistible

    Irresistible

    ★½

    Painfully singular and didactic, insofar as Irresistible has to divorce itself from reality to make its point. Stewart has always been well-spoken about corporate politics and media in the television format, absolutely not so here. Also, this thing has some of the most thoughtless images I've seen in recent memory—where the hell is the DP?

  • The King of Comedy

    The King of Comedy

    ★★★★★

    With the rise of commercialized YouTube, TikTok, and all other media “personalities,” it’s never been more painfully obvious that talent does not mean fame and fame does not mean talent. Nevertheless, Rupert Pupkin’s relentless quest for celebrity—to become the king of comedy—is thoroughly compelling. Though, he’s more like the king of cringe, completely disconnected from reality, committing faux pas left and right so routinely it’s overwhelming. Watching him try to find fame by unsuccessfully exploiting others’ social expectations is sometimes…

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  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★½

    Toy Story 3: "The thing that makes Woody special is he'll never give up on you. Ever. He'll be there for you, no matter what."

    Toy Story 4: shh, just forget that

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    In Interstellar, Nolan potently undermines his own conclusions before those conclusions arrive; the film lands too scared to be sure of itself, afraid of what the cosmos’ emptiness could actually mean for us—yet, that’s a welcome contrast to the over-confident, aggressively atheist science fiction that dominated the 2010s (e.g., though some will disagree: Annihilation, The Martian, Rick and Morty, Ad Astra, Prometheus…). But, I’m getting ahead of myself here. I’ve been an ardent defender of Interstellar in the past. Upon…