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  • Daisies
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • A Story of Floating Weeds
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  • Talk Show

    ★★★½

  • Angry Son

    ★★★★

  • The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

    ★★★★

  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    ★★★½

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  • Talk Show

    Talk Show

    ★★★½

    Robin Bloodworth's performance as "The Host" makes this. He has the bland good looks and resonant voice of most men who succeed in TV, but his character's timing is chilling. Ironic use of studio laughter is old hat, but it's pretty creepy here too.

  • Angry Son

    Angry Son

    ★★★★

    A deeply felt drama about a teenager's tormented relationship with his mother, full of complex characters who develop and grow over a few years and some of its most emotional scenes told in long shot. It made me think of a version of MOONLIGHT which was more sympathetic to Chiron's mom.

    Full review in my article on the New York Asian Film festival for Gay City News.

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  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    ★★

    The popular idea that comedy needs to “punch up” is too simplistic. It’s not always easy to figure out who has real power – the small army of cis male comics who think transphobia is the height of free thought are rather confused about it – or how to use humor to criticize Karens roaming Wal-Mart screaming at anyone with a mask on or empty female Instagram influencers without buying into sexist attitudes. (Look at how badly jokes about Britney…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★½

    The Wes Anderson backlash has been going on for years now, and I'm not trying to jump on it with my reaction to THE FRENCH DISPATCH. While Anderson's made several great films, his latest displays his worst instincts. And "display" is the right word - his framing places actors like elements of an art installation rather than people with believable inner lives. For a film so heavily worked over, it's astonishingly devoid of passion - the New Yorker (and James…