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  • Deerskin

    Deerskin

    If you’re coming across Deerskin (Le Daim), it’s likely that you’re familiar with the work of Quentin Dupieux, and that you know what kind of absurd, potentially horrific comedy to expect. If you know nothing about the his previous work, you’re in for a bizarre ride. That being said, this isn’t the kind of raucous midnight movie absurdity of Rubber’s murderous tire, nor the reality-bending surrealism of 2012’s Wrong. Deerskin finds itself in a more realist milieu, which makes its weirdness that much… weirder.

    ~ Read full review at Battleship Pretension!
    battleshippretension.com/deerskin-odd-fit-by-josh-long/

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★

    If you’re a horror fan, you eventually come across giallo films, and in doing so, you quickly find out about Dario Argento’s 1977 classic Suspiria. Set in a ballet studio where a coven of witches carry out dark rituals, the film is famous for its vibrant colors, eerie score, and gruesome deaths. Forty years later, Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) is trying his hand at this story, although he says it’s more of an “homage” than a “remake.”

    ~ Read the full review at More Than One Lesson! - morethanonelesson.com/the-beauty-is-just-skin-deep-by-josh-long/

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  • Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic

    ★★

    I’m sure that you, like me, are immediately wondering if Matt Ross’ Captain Fantastic has anything to do with Elton John’s classic album, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. The answer, sadly, is no. No dulcet piano ballads, no catchy riffs, no heartfelt autobiographical choruses. However, if you hate Elton John and love self-righteous polemics on mainstream American society dressed up as family drama, then you’re going to love this one.

    ~ Read full review at Battleship Pretension!
    battleshippretension.com/captain-fantastic-better-off-dead-by-josh-long

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★★½

    I really don’t want to be such a Wes Anderson apologist. I feel like it undermines my credibility as a critical filmgoer to like his movies as much as I do. Especially since he has, especially over the last ten years, become a major draw to so many casual film lovers. Wouldn’t it be better for my cinephile cred to dismiss him as derivative of the nouvelle vague and shift topic to Roman Coppola’s CQ? Trouble is, Anderson’s films connect…