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  • The Fall

    The Fall

    ★★★★★

    Still one of my all-time favorite films, a lumpy and weird labor of love that came out of a thoroughly amazing process of selective deception and an impulse to analyze the nature and power of storytelling. Lee Pace stars as a badly injured stuntman obsessed with a woman who doesn't love him; in his Los Angeles hospital (some time in a vague 1920s-ish period) he befriends a little girl with a broken collarbone and starts telling her an elaborate fantasy…

  • Casino

    Casino

    ★★★

    Revisited for an episode of the Next Picture Show podcast, where we're contrasting it with Hustlers. Still convinced this is a longer, sloppier, more wearying, and less compelling riff on Goodfellas, with a more opaque protagonist and less humor.

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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★½

    This movie is funny. This movie is political. This movie is intelligent and wicked and very, very calculated. This movie is sometimes visually stunning, and impeccably acted.

    But mostly, it's scary as hell.

    For the love of cinema, do not watch the spoilery-ass trailers. Do not read any reviews unless you trust the reviewers to be circumspect about giving away the plot. Go in as blind as possible and just let the story's surprises unfold. Assuming you're okay with scary…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★½

    Sign me up as the apostate that just doesn't appreciate this one, that doesn't really understand why a long, rambling, sleepy movie about a disconnected, disaffected, insanely rich and privileged teenager moping around until he gets laid is so moving to people. There are better romances, better gay coming-of-age movies, better summer-fling stories, and movies where I don't get really really distracted by watching a dude gut a peach in his bed with his bare hands and then fuck it, making an immense mess for someone else to clean up. I will fight the world on this one.