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  • Old

    ★★★½

  • Babymother

    ★★★★

  • Little Hares' Bath

    ★★★★★

  • Mama

    ★★★★

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  • Old

    Old

    ★★★½

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

    - image by image I think a high point for Shyamalan as a visual storyteller in a career full of stunners, pushing the distortion/abstraction from Signs and The Visit in particular in very productive ways. I think I’ve become so worn down by the fussy, tensionless filmmaking that’s in vogue with “prestige horror” efforts rn that it’s such a relief to watch a movie with visuals this baffling. nauseating framing and camera movements effectively recall being drunk and suffering from…

  • Babymother

    Babymother

    ★★★★

    really should have the sort of cult status that Dogs in Space or Rockers both attained for being such a lushly produced snapshot of a music scene

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  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★

    more self-conscious than it is self-aware, despite using the word “self-awareness” about three dozen times. watched to catch up with The Discourse

    I remember liking Eighth Grade but never wanting to look into what this guy's deal was past that, because I sort of associated him with a "zany" early 2010s internet culture that I found a little off-putting the first time around. (I dunno if that's fair or accurate. I also lump in Minecraft as being a part of…

  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    ★★★★½

    to Light Sleeper what The Walker was to American Gigolo - casting Tiffany Haddish in the Susan Sarandon role was a real stroke of genius - you probably already know if you have the appetite for more Death to America iterations of Schrader’s usual themes. a clumsier director would have misguidedly tried to wring some tension out of the question of whether some sort of redemption arc was possible for Isaac’s character, but Schrader obviously treats his country being beyond…