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  • Stalag 17

    Stalag 17

    Yikes! Like A Foreign Affair this takes an astonishingly flippant, slapstick approach to the horrors of WWII, only this time it comes down hard on the side of gross and not funny, rather than gross and funny (imo obviously).

    Walked out halfway through. Can't wait to rewatch The Night Porter (screening at Cteq in a couple of weeks) to get the taste of Stalag 17 out of my mouth.

  • Golgo 13: The Professional

    Golgo 13: The Professional

    ★★★★

    High sleaze filled with gorgeous expressionistic visuals and a sublime uber-80s sax-heavy score. It's quite obvious that this has been adapted from a long-running manga as scenes melt into each other without much of an overarching structure, but who cares when the vibes are this intoxicating. Pretty much everything you'd want from a hard-edged, sexed-up, big-city story about a legendary hitman, i.e. gruesome, glamorous and atmospheric af.

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  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    Offensively stupid on multiple levels, a movie by people who think real rape-revenge films are beneath them while condescendingly co-opting those films' transgressive impact – but they can't even get that right, because any feints towards real violence are effectively neutered by some goody two-shoes bullshit where Carey Mulligan surprises would-be date rapists by giving them a stern talking-to instead of cutting their dicks off. (And let me tell you, as someone who has had their fair share of interactions…

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ½

    Barely a movie, more like a jumble of tenuously connected scenes moving incomprehensibly backwards and forwards in time, with a tone that aims for exuberance but feels like hours of incessant high-pitched screaming. Borderline unwatchable if you're not intimately familiar with the source material – I'm not, and I think this assumes its audience is. I can't think of any other explanation for why Gerwig would go for this baffling structure. Nothing is allowed to develop naturally, every scene operates…