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  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★½

    Touched on this beautiful film that still moves and haunts me:

    In a sense, every nomination, save for Kenneth Lonergan’s well-deserved but incredibly understated direction, both makes and doesn’t make sense. Manchester by the Sea works equally in broad and almost imperceptible gestures, weaving in and out of a standard framework in order to capture as much of Lee’s (Casey Affleck, in an absolutely titanic performance) continuous struggle to thrive in a world shattered by tragedy. It is hilarious, unbearably…

  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★½

    Touched on this immaculate film briefly:

    Perhaps one of the most tastefully outré and maximalist films of the year, The Handmaiden fashions itself as equal parts romance and con. The film follows a con artist masquerading as a handmaiden as she attempts to convince an heiress to marry her handler (who himself is pretending to be a count) so that they can steal her considerable fortune, even while she is falling in love with the heiress. The film only gets…

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  • Penis Boy

    Penis Boy

    ½

    The ending of this execrable thing that doesn't even deserve to be called a movie might be the most meta thing I've ever seen. In essence, the filmmaker is laughing at you for watching his short, laughing at your sensibilities, laughing at your morals, laughing at decency, laughing at cinema. It is true that Healey can make a movie, it's just that everything about it is utterly reprehensible. The opening two minutes might be the most misogynistic and loathsome thing…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★★

    Batman v Superman is a brutal film, but not in its attitudes towards the narrative, the characters, or the viewer. Instead, it is astounding in the frank, unrestrained, yet almost impressionistic approach towards the subject matter and the weighty themes at hand. Snyder and his collaborators are unblinking in their depiction of the violence and lack of heroics that take place in a changed, darker world that in many, many ways reflects our own, but, incredibly, make them palatable in…