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  • The Pink Panther

    The Pink Panther

    ★★

    Opening credits get the homage housekeeping out of the way quickly, but this barely makes an effort to reimagine its premise beyond swapping in a different star. A more accomplished comedy would have a better grasp on its parody of pointlessly refined Euro luxury, going beyond simply disrupting it with crassness and incompetence. This is a ninety minute spit-shine, keeping the pristine surfaces but removing their classiness by rubbing rubbing rubbing into oblivion. But what are you going to do?…

  • Ex Libris: New York Public Library

    Ex Libris: New York Public Library

    ★★★★

    Expansive and explorational from one end to the other, but also pointedly inert on a moment-to-moment basis. Meandering from office settings to cramped auditoriums to shushed patrons to whirring underground machinery, this institution slowly comes to life with each introduction to those involved in its operations. Their strides to serve the public are immediately honorable, but there are plenty of obstacles to that simple utopian goal, particularly in how a rapidly evolving technological landscape won't necessarily wait for an ancient…

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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.