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  • It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine.

    It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine.

    ★★★★

    A fantastical psychosexual slasher conceived by and starring Steven Stewart, a 62-year-old man with severe cerebral palsy. Consider the following to picture the brazen salaciousness of the scenario: Stewart had just prior to filming suffered from a collapsed lung, and herein participates in two graphic sex scenes in which his tender midsection is seen bandaged up. Afterward he murders both partners post-coitus.

    The whiff of exploitation is rancid, yet the sex and the murdering are of Stewart’s design, he the…

  • It

    It

    ★★½

    More a spectacle than straight up scary, like a Marilyn Manson music video.

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  • The Big Short

    The Big Short

    ★★★★

    The film’s regular fourth wall transgressions that intend to demystify credit bubbles and CDOs or whatever else didn’t quite clarify exactly what’s going on for me, but nevertheless this is a film that’s transparently cognizant of the viewer’s level of interest, checking in every now in then in case one of us is nodding off. It’s this tactic that I really admire, and a film that purposefully solicits participation because McKay & Co. intend to educate under the guise of entertainment,…

  • They Live

    They Live

    ★★★★★

    They Live is at times totally absurd (the bubblegum line, for example, which I’ve never thought was all that funny), but its central revelation is masterful, melding the film’s political satire with its good old-fashioned alien invasion narrative. You laugh when those cartoonish bug-eyed aliens pronounce their capitalistic agenda – think about that; in what other movies do aliens want to harvest Mother Earth's monetary instead of horticultural resources? – but behind the ridiculous one-liners and the shootouts and the spectacularly elongated fight scene is a genuine frustration. I wish more movies ballasted such absurdity with sincerity.