• Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★½

    Astounding. One of the rawest and most concise films I've seen in a long time. One of the films I've seen in a long time. It's about the Pig, but not solely about the pig. "Pig" is quite figuratively a journey through a man's life, and the legacy he's left in his wake. Each scene peels back another layer, as Nicolas Cage - in his most nihilist role yet - uses his stern outside demeanor to expose his adversaries, not…

  • Tread

    Tread

    If I ever hear another sob story about "Good ol' rural folk", "good, honest, hardworkin' salt of the earth from small-town America" with a few rinky-dink stores, all you need is this documentary. It exposes the treachery of a small town better than Stephen King's IT. All while unfortunately, catering to their narrative, taking undue license to make Marvin Heemeyer look like the bad guy. When the actual facts point to the opposite.

    Anecdotally, I've lived in a small town…

  • Get the Gringo

    Get the Gringo

    Massively entertaining B movie starring America's favorite antiSemite.

    The plot is fittingly stupid and full of holes, but the narrative is quick on its feet and constantly inventive.

    Like an airport novel, it's good for passing time.

  • They Live

    They Live

    Back when films still had a sense of humor; only these could sound the alarm for the culture today, which has become sci-fi. The social critique is a rare genre of film, and John Carpenter demonstrates a cutting edge, as well as the finale of a career winning streak in the 80s.

    OBEY. CONSUME. DON'T QUESTION AUTHORITY. The messages could not be more cloying. You don't necessarily need magic glasses to see this is the world of advertising we're actually…

  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    One of the few "classics" I never bothered to watch. Seemed a bit kitsch for my taste. I don't even know what "kitsch" means, but I'm an asshole who likes the word "kitsch".

    Before becoming everyone's favorite paraplegic midget, Michael J. Fox was a goddamn movie star, and it's easy to see why. He had charisma. A pity what happened to him. Imagine waking up every day and having to go "At least I'm not Christopher Reeve."

    Doc Brown is…

  • Coming 2 America

    Coming 2 America

    HOLY SHITT. WHAAATT. I didn't think it'd be this bad. Each time Eddie Murphy appears to make a career comeback (Dolemite), the laws of child support require he put out a giant Stanley Steamer shit the next year. From the same director, no less.

    Where do I begin? The screenplay sounds like it was written by a woke college professor. Imagine a Disney Channel staff writer doing open mic. That's the level of humor we're dealing with. The characters lack…

  • Another Round

    Another Round

    This is one of those European concepts practically crying for an American remake. But perhaps instead it should be a lesson to our piggish selves. The drinking culture in every country is different, and the US might have the worst. (Unless you count Saudi Arabia, where your head could be made into a bowling ball for sleeving a mini-bottle of Jack.)

    But in a fantasy land known as Denmark, the elves have, shall-we-say, a more hands-off approach to the consumption…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    From my Twitter: "Now I gotta pretend Nomadland didn't stink like old pussy eggs." twitter.com/pricklyrage

    You feel bad kicking a cunt in this one. Frances McDormand fully commits to a nuanced portrayal of Aspergers. She's great in everything she's been in, whether or not it's dogshit (Three Billboards, anyone?). This isn't quite that. There's a plaintive quality I liked in the set-up, but in the end is too gentle for its own good. Let me expand.

    Director Chloe Zhao, from…

  • Scary Movie 5

    Scary Movie 5

    Turn your brain battery down to zero before watching this one. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this series is the sheer volume of dumb jokes. I've seen many surface-level parody films get bogged down by unsubtle references and gross-out humor. But with David Zucker of Airplane! in the writer's chair, most of the jokes actually land for me. Charlie Sheen is one of the most underrated actors in this type of comedy. He and Lindsay Lohan are given…

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    Fred Hampton was 21 at the time of his assassination. He believed in the unity of the economically oppressed. Perhaps the ballsiest move of his short-lived career as an activist was hijacking a white supremacist meet-and-greet, and persuading them to see eye to eye on common causes. There was, and is, nothing the FBI fears more. And no one was more repulsed than J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen). Despite being a virulent racist and closet homosexual, there was arguably no…

  • Erin Brockovich

    Erin Brockovich

    Dumb hottie, she be yellin' at everybody. Not gonna lie, this is not an Oscar-worthy performance by a long shot. But it is an effective star vehicle for Julia Roberts, loaded with quips and turns of phrase. Her character dominates the film in more ways than one. Is this not simply a noble spin on the Hooker with a Heart of Gold trope she's known for? I can appreciate that about Roberts. She found a lane and stayed in it…

  • The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man

    This is a surprisingly sweet and sadistic pity party. The cinematography and score are haunting. The acting is spot-on. I enjoyed the contrast between the seedy underclass of London who make a mockery of John Merrick, and the upper class doctors and royalty who humanize him. It is a sad and pathetic biography, but I could not think of a more necessary tone. The ugliness of the Elephant Man just happened to challenge society in the right place at the…