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  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★½

    #releasetheaccelerationistcut

  • Taming the Garden

    Taming the Garden

    ★★★½

    TAMING THE GARDEN is beautiful in a bitingly ironic manner. In Variety, Jessica Kiang likened it to both LEVIATHAN (the documentary) & FITZCARRALDO, and I can see why. But former Georgian prime minister Bidizina Ivanishvili's quest to move huge trees from the coast of his country to his private garden is not quixotic or unachievable. We never see or hear Ivanishvili, so he's never granted the charisma of a villain or anti-hero. Director Salomé Jashi frames her film so that it…

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  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    ★★

    The popular idea that comedy needs to “punch up” is too simplistic. It’s not always easy to figure out who has real power – the small army of cis male comics who think transphobia is the height of free thought are rather confused about it – or how to use humor to criticize Karens roaming Wal-Mart screaming at anyone with a mask on or empty female Instagram influencers without buying into sexist attitudes. (Look at how badly jokes about Britney…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★½

    I think it's safe to say that David Fincher's reputation on Letterboxd is extremely high - last year, I saw a stat that FIGHT CLUB was the highest-rated film on the site. Something has gone awry with the reception of MANK when review after review here calls it his worst film. Having seen it, I can understand why. It pursues a curdled mixture of nostalgia and critique that, honestly, will go over the heads of a Netflix audience that's never…