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  • Cam

    Cam

    ★★★½

    I enjoyed this a lot more than anticipated. I particularly loved the procedural aspects of this film, depicting the hard work and creativity required for Lola/Alice's success. And I also liked the depiction of how necessary it was for her to have constant awareness of the possibility of menace posed by the men who follow her, underpinning her much-loved rules. Despite the nebulous techno threat that's the film's ostensible focus, the scariest moments were her real world encounters with fans…

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★

    I was pretty uncomfortable with the way the Native populations were presented in this film. Enough so that I had trouble enjoying the experience, even the bits I loved. That discomfort lingered like a bad smell over the whole experience.

    That said, taken individually, I found the titular short, the final one, and the Tom Waits one quite delightful.

    The other three ... much less so.

    I'm averaging it all out to a three.

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  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★★★

    There isn't anything actually wrong with how it was made, I suppose. I just find the character and most of the dialog to be insufferably smug, nerd-bro fare. I think I chuckled twice. Lightly. Much has been said about Deadpool being progressive, but I didn't find that to be particularly the case. I mean he's not regressive, I guess, although I did find some of his jokes to be questionable on that front. But is it really all that remarkable…

  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★★

    Probably the smartest film I've seen all year. And certainly one of the most beautiful.

    The way information is layered and truths are revealed, not with the aim of shocking the audience with unexpected twists, but with the aim of riffing philosophically about sex and the patriarchy, is thrilling. Each character detail and perspective takes us further from a simple, but fun, heist story and closer to something emotionally profound.

    And it is funny! So much funnier than I'd anticipated.…