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  • Licorice Pizza
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  • Watcher

    ★★½

  • Master

    ★★★½

  • 2121: Reckless

  • Fresh

    ★★★★

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I'm not going to forget you. Just like you're not going to forget me.

    One of the most striking things about Licorice Pizza to me are the subtle and unexpected parallels with Paul Thomas Anderson's previous outing, Phantom Thread. At a glance, the two couldn't seem more different; while Phantom Thread is certainly underrated for its humor, this is unquestionably a much lighter and more carefree film, which can make its explorations of thornier subjects that much more disarming.

    Both…

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★★½

    Two trucks having sex, two trucks having sex
    My muscles, my muscles involuntarily flex

    Vehicular fucking.

    Titane is a film which comes out of the gate swinging with a barbed-wire baseball bat, taking the New French Extremity influences of Julia Ducournau's previous masterwork Raw, and cranking the intensity up to eleven. Subversion is the name of the game here, and perhaps the boldest stroke is its subversion of just what constitutes subversive in the first place.

    Following a car accident…

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  • Watcher

    Watcher

    ★★½

    Sundance 2022, #4

    I saw the man in the window again. I waved at him... and he waved back.

    I, too, would watch Maika Monroe.

    ...oh wait.

    This feels like this year's less-good Knocking. It's got a very basic premise which is, for the most part, executed competently. Unfortunately, the whole thing is simply too threadbare for it to really work.

    This could've been an effectively paranoid short film, but at feature length, there's just so little there, and the…

  • Master

    Master

    ★★★½

    Sundance 2022, #3

    It's everywhere.

    Political consciousness in horror is a good thing. It's also remarkably difficult to perfectly execute. Few can blend message and genre as seamlessly and organically as, say, Get Out.

    Master does not always connect its thesis to its scenes of horror as well as one might like it to. As is sometimes the case, the two can feel parallel to each other, only occasionally bumping against each other, rather than perfectly interconnected and singular.

    The…

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  • No Man of God

    No Man of God

    ★★★½

    "Do you know why I did it?"

    "Because you wanted to."

    Francois Truffaut famously said that it's impossible to make an anti-war war movie, because the act of depicting it always inadvertently ends up glorifying it; that which is supposed to horrify, instead titillates. One begins to suspect that the same may be true of Ted Bundy films. And if the industry maintains its current trajectory, the latter sub-genre may soon become more numerous than the former.

    This movie doesn't…

  • The King of Comedy

    The King of Comedy

    ★★★★½

    How 'bout another joke, Murray? What do you get when you cross a mentally ill...

    ...wait, wrong movie.

    Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime.

    There we go.

    The OG critique of the toxicity of parasocial relationships.

    This is both a wickedly funny and subtly sad character study of a deeply damaged, lonely and insecure man who projects himself with cocksure confidence and buries himself in fantasies of a friendship with a talk show host…