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  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Eighth Grade

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  • Fire Island

    ★★½

  • Crimes of the Future

    ★★★

  • Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special

    ★★★½

  • Jackass 4.5

    ★★★★

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  • Fire Island

    Fire Island

    ★★½

    Feels like there’s a fun, subversive romantic comedy struggling to fight its way to the surface of a much more boring, cliche-riddled one in Fire Island. The disparity causes the movie to feel completely natural at moments and completely forced moments later. It’s more interesting when it’s navigating its characters’ varying degrees of social comfort in a non-heteronormative oasis than when it wastes time with trying to get revenge on the mean gays. Might have bit a bit more off than it can chew because the more tangential a character was to the plot, the more stereotypical they were.

  • Bo Burnham: The Inside Outtakes

    Bo Burnham: The Inside Outtakes

    ★★★★

    Will think about those tiles of takes filtering out with each mistake from now on every time I flub a line while recording.

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  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★½

    Pretty bold to make your movie a big ode to Nic Cage and fundamentally misunderstand what makes him interesting as an actor. Genuinely feel bad for Cage, whose idiosyncrasies are reduced down to “randomly yells really loud.” The thing that occasionally makes his performances funny is Nic Cage can operate at a different rhythm from the film he’s in or the other actors around him. His choices are incredibly hard to predict. He’ll take a quiet moment and make it…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★

    Even for a cuckoo clock ass filmmaker this was a cuckoo clock ass movie. Borrow whatever adjectives you normally use to describe Wes Anderson’s work: pretty, pristine, picture-book - they all apply here. This was the first time watching one of his films where I felt that dedication to aesthetic exhaust me.

    There are amusing moments and terrific performances throughout but none of it actually feels inhabited by human beings. It’s flatter than the pages in a magazine.