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  • Morvern Callar

    Morvern Callar

    ★★★★

    Much more compelling than Ratcatcher while being no less stylistically abstract and emotionally challenging. The difference is that here the former more assuredly serves the latter--and the Morton performance is quietly tremendous.

    Siblo and I tape walkmen to our bodies on Rad Carpet episode 43.

  • Ratcatcher

    Ratcatcher

    ★★★

    Poetic, for better and for worse.

    Siblo and I keep our chins up while parsing Lynne Ramsay's miserable, beautifully shot debut feature on Rad Carpet episode 43.

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  • Double Down

    Double Down

    Passionately self-aggrandizing, formally inane, obsessed with immeasurably complex conspiracy, overwhelmed by devices and toxic chemicals, speaking into three phones at once, insanely cunning and all-knowing and yet still doomed and lost and spilling canned tuna all over yourself, so utterly plugged in and alone, writing your own rave reviews, searching for love in the desert, the same desert, over and over and over, accidentally kicking the jaw off what is clearly a false skull, climbing down a mountain. Released the same year that YouTube was invented. The filter is in place. Proceed.

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    RE: WHEN THE BOOK IS FINALLY BURNED, WHY DOES STEVE GO UP IN FLAMES AND NOT ANNIE? IS THIS A PLOT MALFUNCTION?

    This moment perplexed me when I watched Hereditary on opening weekend (and I struggled awkwardly to explain it on the Rad Carpet spoiler pod ), a reaction that I think is common (reviews that cryptically referred to plot problems I assume were referring to the book/fire scene above all else), but on second viewing it seems like a…