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  • Cry Macho

    Cry Macho

    You're never too old to find love. To forge new friendships. To tame a horse. To dance. To be a father figure. To travel down new roads. To make peace with the past. To take responsibility. To get a fresh start. To live.

    Entering the final stage of his life, Eastwood understands that it's only a matter of time before he must settle in for the long nap, but instead of lingering too much on what's to come, spending all…

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★★

    Our entryway into Lumberton's dark and seedy underbelly comes through Mr. Vallens' severed ear - it being the doorway between two entirely different worlds - and we exit out of the subterranean through Jeffrey's ear, promptly returning to a surface world of light and purity. In one ear, out the other. While Alice went down the rabbit hole, Jeffrey goes down the ear hole. We even encounter bugs in the underworld just as we did in Alice's adventure, though, admittedly,…

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  • Mank

    Mank

    From an ideological standpoint, worthy of the utmost contempt. For the longest time, there has been an effort to undermine Orson Welles' legacy, mostly on the part of Pauline Kael, the "brains" behind the slanderous bucket of lies known as "Raising Kane," and now David Fincher, with Mank, is the latest to jump on the dog-pile, putting forth the argument (a debunked one, mind you) that screenwriter Joseph L. Mankiewicz was the real genius behind Citizen Kane and that wonderkid…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Based on its lofty 4.4 average user rating, it appears that Portrait of a Lady on Fire now occupies the position of a sacred cow. Is the hype warranted? Not in the slightest. From top to bottom, Portrait comes off as cinema at its most affected and pandering, featuring nearly every trope and cliché that "trendy" cinephiles have come to expect with their NEON/A24-produced "Indie darlings": everything from self-conscious formalism to forced representation to stilted pacing to predictable plotting. What a lifeless bore—hope it enjoys its Criterion sticker.