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  • A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II

    three things i pondered while watching this awful sequel to a film that i also hated:

    1) emily blunt is too good of an actress to be shackled to her husband's neoconservative patriarchal horror series.

    2) why would i watch a shithead like john krasinski poorly rip-off spielberg for 97 minutes when i can, y'know, just watch spielberg instead?

    3) would it kill them to do something cool with the evil monsters here outside of having them scream and then…

  • The Foreigner

    The Foreigner

    i was worried while watching this that martin campbell would have lost his formalist chops over the years (especially after the disaster that was green lantern), but i'm very glad to say that this totally rules, it's this fabulously lean mediation on the usual action movie notion of cyclical revenge, with pierce brosnan playing a nicely complex badguy foil to jackie chan's hyper-fixated bomb-happy vigilante. despite any expectations, they make a surprisingly amazing pairing, and jackie chan gets to have…

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  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    real life abbie hoffman:
    "you are talking to a leftist. i believe in the redistribution of wealth and power in the world. i believe in universal hospital care for everyone. i believe that we should not have a single homeless person in the richest country in the world. and i believe that we should not have a CIA that goes around overwhelming governments and assassinating political leaders, working for tight oligarchies around the world to protect the tight oligarchy here…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    every single year we arrive at the shallow end of the filmmaking pool known as awards season, and every single year there's a movie (or several) exactly like nomadland. a touristic faux-docudrama vehicle for the most banal form of misery porn, presenting itself with all the deliberately-adorned signifiers of 'authenticity' and 'deeply-felt emotion' that endear this insidious genre of film to a dishwater-dull critical audience desperate to see any portrait of society that vaguely acknowledges that weird and esoteric concept…