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  • Knives and Skin

    Knives and Skin

    ★★½

    Films being unnecessarily too long is a common critique but it's one that applies to Knives and Skin. Trimming at least 20 minutes might have saved the illusion of this being a better film than it is from being shattered. Namely, I'm speaking of the '80s pop tunes re-imagined as sad spooky remixes sung by the cast. By the time the last few renditions pop up, I'd got the feeling that it lessens the effect of the earlier ones. Not…

  • Star Time

    Star Time

    ★★½

    I gotta say the film looks fantastic and it brews up an appropriately odd atmosphere. But I think it fails in its supposed examination of harmful media consumption. All the thought-provoking imagery is no substitute into a better glimpse of what makes Henry Pinkle's mind tick. Of course, the overwhelming positive reviews proves I'm wrong, but this is how I felt.

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  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    ★★★★½

    A real powder keg of a movie. You don't know who is gonna blow up next. I've seen the phrase "slow burn" used a lot to describe this movie and it really is filled top to bottom with a lot of seething anger, mostly from Mel Gibson's character. Being how things are in the U.S. at the moment, many of the reviews for Dragged Across Concrete have quickly devolved into a childish game of alt-right (racist) 4Chan shitbags vs. "triggered"…

  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    ★★★★½

    When I try to write about Dogtooth I find myself just describing things that happened in the film. But what is Dogtooth about? What is it saying? Man, you tell me.

    Taken at face value, this absurdist Greek exercise is about parenting. More specifically, it's about parental control. I think the film points out something that is rarely discussed, which is the amount of power parents can wield over their children. When someone has this much power over someone else,…