Those has written 36 reviews for films during 2021.

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★

    The After Last Season of tentpole Hollywood blockbusters, a film defined by a rigorous, totalizing blankness that impresses and enervates in equal measure. It’s certainly a bold take on the source material, if not a very imaginative one, and if nothing else by stripping everything to the bone and only covering half of the book Villeneuve successfully avoids the unwieldy narrative density that sank Lynch’s version.

    But just as this Dune’s brutal efficiency resolves one problem, it creates another, arguably even…

  • The Phantom of the Opera

    The Phantom of the Opera

    ★★★★

    Lon Chaney putting on a clinic in the lost art of Hand Acting

  • Hester Street

    Hester Street

    ★★★★

    “A pox on Columbus!”

  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★★

    i like to brecht, brecht, brecht echpples and banechnechs

  • Vincenzo

    Vincenzo

    The story of a man with an extraordinary talent for holding various kinds of cups and glasses.

  • Chafed Elbows

    Chafed Elbows

    ★★★½

    “Tell the director that Gregory Miraculous and Jesus Mekas discovered you in the toilet.”

    Goodnight, sweet (prince).

  • Bill and Coo

    Bill and Coo

    ★★★

    “Geography Lesson: The World Is Shaped Like An Egg”

  • Favourites of the Moon

    Favourites of the Moon

    ★★½

    Droll verging on boring. A series of mildly amusing gags out of a lower-tier episode of Frasier occasionally livened up with some extremely French shit like bomb-throwing anarchists or children casually smoking cigarettes.

  • Just What the Doctor Ordered

    Just What the Doctor Ordered

    A comparatively sedate, back-to-basics affair for the Stalked By My Doctor saga.

    On the one hand that's probably a good idea given the unsustainable zaniness of the last couple entries in the series, but on the other hand there isn't nearly enough of Dr. Beck's laid-back Parrothead alter ego in this one. We demand more Laid Back Beck in Part VI!

  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★

    This is fleet and fun and definitely captures a particular generational anxiety in an excruciatingly real way to the point where my gf and I were constantly shouting “noooooo” at the screen, but a lot of this movie’s buzz has centered around its distinctly Jewish flavor and...eh I dunno. There are notable exceptions where the movie plays off of common tropes of Jewish comedy in ways that also feel hyper-specific and lived-in (the tragicomic running bit about everyone’s preoccupation with…

  • Murder in the Vineyard

    Murder in the Vineyard

    The most egregious title bait-and-switch I’ve ever seen from Lifetime, which is really saying something considering how often they pull this shit. Not only does the movie’s sole murder happen nowhere near the vineyard, there’s hardly any vineyard action at all! Instead it turns out to be, of all things, a bog-standard High School Cyberbullying Gone Too Far movie with like three scenes incidentally set at a vineyard and maybe two offhanded references to “biodynamic wines.” Give me someone drowning in…

  • Bad Trip

    Bad Trip

    ★★★½

    The anti-Borat.

    Where Cohen deploys his hidden-camera pranks to goad his targets into exposing their most extravagantly boorish, hateful selves, Andre et al use theirs to bring out the best in people. And it’s not that each film’s pranks elicit wildly different reactions from their respective targets so much as it’s a matter of how each film chooses to frame those reactions; where Cohen’s film views people as oafishly credulous, Andre’s film instead chooses to see them as open-hearted and good-humored.

    Also this features the most structurally justified, emotionally satisfying blooper reel in movie history.