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  • Private Life

    Private Life

    ★★★

    "Why do I feel like I'm in a Wendy Wasserstein play?"

    And a hundred other little cute New Yorker kind of references like that. I've seen enough indie films about intellectual New Yorkers dealing with marriage problems to last me three lifetimes and I'm even less inclined to care about a couple desperately trying to have children (my own viewpoint, that having a child in this era is essentially an act of cruelty, is voiced and dismissed in the opening…

  • The Kindergarten Teacher

    The Kindergarten Teacher

    ★★★

    Not terribly interesting as a story of a desperate woman trying to correct broken dreams: Gyllenhaal is very good but the unfulfilling home life is terribly cliche and the film never makes a convincing argument that this kid, a legitimate genius by all accounts, will be a squandered talent without someone guiding him which means there's no real moral ambiguity here. What is here, though, is a pretty harrowing story that's able to hit all the scariest notes about the…

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  • Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

    Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

    "These guys were outrageous!"
    *Cut to cartoon boobs*
    "You couldn't believe the places they would go."
    *Cut to cartoon boobs*
    "I mean, you had never seen anything like it!"
    *Cut to cartoon boobs"

  • Repulsion

    Repulsion

    ★★★★½

    The first hour or so makes up such a perfect anxiety nightmare that it bummed me out when it went a more typical (albeit eventful) route of "her madness is making her KILL!" The Polanski that made me squirm during mundane scenes in Rosemary's Baby purely through the power of his mise-en-scene is multiplied by five here, to the point where it got too much for me and I had to pause the movie to go do chores. Polanski's famous…