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  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep


    I wish the last 30 minutes of this movie were replaced by sequences as original and stunning as the murder of the baseball boy. Rather than repurposing the iconography and ideas from The Shining in a more modern package, this film invents its own terrifying imagery that's only tangentially connected to the original. Half humans with glowing eyes orgasmically sucking steam out of a screaming child while they brutally stab him. This is intercut with shared psychic pain with a…

  • The Laundromat

    The Laundromat


    I don't really have a problem with the contrasting tones of the didacticism of the direct address segments and the freewheeling story segments that illustrate their main points. The movie does leave a real sense of feeling underdeveloped and too loose for its own good, but this feels almost thematically relevant as the central idea of the story is this sense of being lost in our increasingly abstract economy whose consequences directly effect us. At its best it's an amusing…

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  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder


    This movie is structured both thematically and formally around what's obvious in the foreground and what's also going on in the background. On a thematic level, the movie tells two concurrent stories. One is the main thrust of the narrative: a murder mystery story about two detectives with opposite and conflicting styles and their search for a serial killer. The other story it tells is the way the serial killer embodies and brings out unsavory aspects of the community that…

  • Joker



    While it's not terrible, I have no idea how this won prizes at major international film festivals. I could see its showy central performance and its vaguely developed themes of class and social responsibility for the vulnerable elevating this to being loved by a superhero fandom desperate for tweaks to the formula. But anything more than faint praise is hard for me to understand. The movie seems to revolve around Arthur's need to be acknowledged, seen, and praised versus being…