Arthur Slugworth

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  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    Au Hasard Balthazar

    ★★★★★

    An audacious masterpiece that would surely come to inspire Bela Tarr and Andrei Tarkovsky, Au Hasard Balthazar is the type of film you must watch closely and carefully to fully appreciate. Without any real entertainment value (most of the significant plot points seem to happen off camera), and a strange (but finally understood🙌) abundance of human hand footage, one could easily find themselves turned off with this animal-led movie outside of the Babe/Airbud genre.

    The essential plot is quite basic;…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★½

    I don't think I've loved a PTA movie like I love Inherent Vice, but I've also never seen a more tonally inconsistent film from The Parent Teacher Association himself either.

    The essential plot is equal parts Fear and Loathing and Chinatown, following a stoner-sleuth Doc (Phoenix) as he tries to solve a murder, that may not have happened, while trying to get over his ex. The film is clearly deep in the shadow of its source material and is overly…

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  • The New Mutants

    The New Mutants

    Turned on New Mutants for myself and the wife; she's a huge X-men fan and yours truly was once quite passionate about comic books.

    Unfortunately, New Mutants didn't quite bring this wayward sheep back into the Marvel stable, and more tragically, its pandering tomfoolery focused desperately on them young folk, amongst whom I no longer belong. I find it quite challenging then, to appreciate the finer aspects of the film just as I struggled mightily with the panderclassics Erin Brokovitch

  • Rumble Fish

    Rumble Fish

    ★★★½

    I always wondered what an American Fellini film would look like...and Francis Ford apparently did too; his S.E. Hinton adaptation, steeped in the romantic lonesome mileu of bad boys and bikers in coming of age America, contemplates much of Federico's cinematic language. Fellini's films never let us forget to smile through all of life's pains and pleasure; we are likewise encouraged to feel a somber joy as transcendent time passes through the trials of a young buck, Rusty James, played…

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  • Troy

    Troy

    ★★★

    I recall when Troy initially came out, I was speaking to a coworker that told me she had seen the film and that she had really liked it; I recall asking her why she, or anyone, would want to see a 3 hour historical epic. Her candid response stuck with me for some time: Brad Pitt's ass was apparently well worth the runtime.

    Now finally catching up on this epic-length epic, I understand why someone would see this film for…

  • Possessor

    Possessor

    ★★★★

    Baby Cronenberg's big day out, Possessor sees the Cronenjunior cinematically explore the unhealthy work-life balance of a career woman who loves her job maybe a little more than her family, in the same crazy, violent, sexy way Big David would explore ideas like motherhood, transhumanism, television dissemination, identity and the creative process.

    Also similar to his pop-pop, Brandon includes a shadowy, powerful corporation that provides equal turns of doubt, control and security for our protagonist, as she struggles with the…