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  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★

    .....like one of those Tony-bait plays adapted for screen by MTV, mixed with 1950s teen sex moral panic (Traffic, Aronofsky)....undercut by Dafoe's sarcastic voiceover (Nymphomaniac, Noe)......so many long expository conversations where the characters explain events and relationships that could've been shown....the first half with the younger actress could have been covered in 5 minutes of flashbacks....Long Islanders as urban-adjacent stand-ins for Appalachian rednecks.......movies cannot teach people anything about mass shootings......how many teens watched this and immediately joined film twitter....."a catalog of bad ideas, fervently inspired"

  • Lost Highway

    Lost Highway

    ★★★★

    I first watched this movie in 2001 on a 14" TV in my little apartment down by the dirty creek. After the opening 40 minutes, which still holds up as the best instance of sustained "pure" horror by Lynch, it struck me as aimless and confusing. This time around, it seemed like a straightforward story about a VHS witch who lives for sick pranks pulling the strings in a landscape of faltering Los Angeles tropes, the jackass disciple of Robert…

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  • The Wicker Man

    The Wicker Man

    ★★★★

    The kids these days with their social networks and their raucous folk music and their maypoles and their sex party in the grass.

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    There is a four-star gothic-space-android-Dracula's-castle movie buried somewhere in this mountain of garbage