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  • Timbuktu

    Timbuktu

    ★★★★★

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

    Via watchestoodamnmuch.wordpress.com/2017/08/21/review-timbuktu-2014/

    For a movie about very obviously evil people, Timbuktu weaves a surprisedly subtle and understated story. The film takes place during a brief takeover of the titular city by Islamist-extremist militants in 2012. While most movies would use this setting to paint a story of good and evil in stark black and whites, Timbuktu prefers more nuanced grays. This does not mean the movie is sympathetic to jihadists-far from it. Timbuktu has nothing but righteous condemnation of these…

  • Zack and Miri Make a Porno

    Zack and Miri Make a Porno

    ★★★★

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

    Via watchestoodamnmuch.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/review-zack-and-mire-make-a-porno-2008/


    Zack and Miri Make a Porno accomplishes the tremendous feat of making pornography into something charming, friendly, and even joyful. The movie begins on a desperate note: Zack and Miri are roommates (platonic but with obvious feelings for one another) living in terrible poverty. Their dull world and pleasureless jobs are illustrated in shots of cold, suburban wastelands that could be from Fargo. But as the utilities go out one by one, Zack comes up with a brilliant…

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  • War Machine

    War Machine

    ★★★½

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

    From: wordpress.com/post/watchestoodamnmuch.wordpress.com/35

    War Machine is a solid, if not great movie. I enjoyed it, and actually got a few laughs out of it. As someone who is often a little grumpy, a few genuine laughs out of me is a significant achievement. But other movies have captured the insanity and absurdity of war much more effectively. War Machine will likely not be remembered years from now.

    The movie is uneven; the middle part of the movie detailing “McMahon’s” trip to…

  • Xenia

    Xenia

    ★★★★

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

    The first thing to note about Xenia: this movie is very, very gay. One of the main characters, Dani, is proudly and overtly gay, and his relationship to his brother Odysseas takes on increasingly homoerotic overtones, sometimes veering dangerously close to incest. But it would be a mistake to pigeonhole Xenia as exclusively a queer movie. It becomes much more- an indictment of Greece under austerity. The name of the movie invokes the ancient Greek concept of hospitality and guest-friendship…