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  • The Assistant

    The Assistant

    ★★★

    Office supplies foley, ripped from the headlines. Somewhat of a dead end, never finding much outside of its rigor. Strips away all details to go for something transportive and suffocating, but that barrenness almost seems like a cheat code to get there and makes me wonder if it's worth how it limits the movie. The icky mix of tired routine and highly methodical condescension to the HR scene gives things a jolt, expanding the scope a bit while forcing a…

  • The Assassination Bureau

    The Assassination Bureau

    ★★

    Solid nasty premise gives way to obscene bloat and generally charmless interplay. A bomb goes off every few minutes or so to spice things up. The Brits shouldn't be allowed to make comedies. Leave the jokes to Mike Myers.

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  • Far Far Away Idol

    Far Far Away Idol

    ½

    My family went to a house party in 2005. While all the parents drank and chatted downstairs, all the kids were up in the playroom, shooting Nerf guns and watching Shrek 2. When the credits rolled, the host's kids popped into the bonus features and queued up this motherfucker. After every character performed their song, we were asked to vote on who should win. I put up my hand for Donkey's passionate performance of "Disco Inferno," but, of course, Prince…

  • The Room

    The Room

    ★★★★★

    On an eleventh watch, I realize that Lisa and Claudette talking about breast cancer means that this film technically passes the Bechdel test.

    Also, masterpiece.