Alex Austein

Alex Austein

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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★½

    Polarizing, confident, and masterful. Scarlett Johansson harnesses the uncanny valley in a way that is constantly unnerving, and in sharp contrast to her voice-only work in last year's HER. She is the ethereal succubus here, leading the dumb and the pitiful to a cavernous pit of ceaseless darkness, an image so uncompromising in its starkness that it induces trembles of fear. It's in that head space that UNDER THE SKIN mostly operates - while it's showing us humanity from the…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★★½

    2013 Ranked, #3
    December Challenge #26

    Culled from the same blood that fueled GOODFELLAS and CASINO, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET pounces for 3 straight hours like a feral animal, embracing its ambition and meanness with a wry smirk. It's a successfully daunting release that feels immense, but never tiring. Its tremendous cavalcade of decadence filtered through depravity stammers only in its fallout. We are guided through the scenes by Dicaprio's Belfort himself, never viewing the wreckage in his wake.…