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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    *cracks fingers*

    So, JOJO RABBIT...

    - the movie opens by conflating actual Nazism, which, ya know, resulted in the murder of at least 11 million people, with Beatlemania. And somehow that’s not even the film’s low point.
    - the movie bills itself as an “anti-hate satire” but there isn’t really any satire, and it doesn’t even believe true hate is a thing. All of the movie’s jokes about Nazis amount to “lol look how dumb these people are”. In the…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    So much of this film’s tension is elevated by the meltdowns happening in public, or at least adjacent to the public. That’s what makes the sound mix so effective- the idea that Howard is having his life slip away from him in plain sight of not just the people close to him but random strangers as well. What’s the point of steeping your film so deeply in its urban atmosphere if you’re not gonna take advantage of it? Howard is perpetually…