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  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation

    ★★★★★

    Watching The Birth of a Nation as George Floyd’s funeral unfolds on national news is just asking for an incendiary response from somewhere deep within the soul. There were several times when I felt so appalled, totally disgusted, tempted to just turn it off and return another time, maybe in like a decade. For a brief moment, due to a wind storm, my power even went out, as if a sign from the heavens. I had to face a few…

  • The Turin Horse

    The Turin Horse

    ★★★★★

    “Tomorrow, we’ll try again.” 

    Misery is eternal. I hope to never, ever watch this movie again. I don’t want it or need it anywhere near my psyche or my headspace. This is the kind of movie you watch right before trudging upstairs, opening your gun case, and blowing your brains out onto the wall. But does Tarr’s anguish ring true? Absolutely. Today more than ever, perhaps. In that way, it’s both cathartic and wrenching. The story goes that while on…

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  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    ★★★½

    The Rock quotes Nietzsche, then flexes his bicep and winks at the camera. So what I’m saying is, whether or not it’s actually any good, this is automatically the greatest movie ever made.

  • Abby

    Abby

    ★★★★

    When the sex demon Eshu comes to town, all the brothers gather ‘round…

    Another pre-Hollywood, Louisville-based Girdler film, another quick rip-off filled with slapped-together, good ol’ hometown authenticity. This time, Girdler had his sights very obviously set on The Exorcist’s immense fame, as is evidenced by his interview with the Courier Journal in which he said outright, “Sure, we made Abby to come in on the shirttail of The Exorcist.” In another interview with the Louisville Times, just a year…

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  • The Nun

    The Nun

    ★★½

    Ah, yes, I was wondering when “See Something Creepy And Follow It, Only To Be Jump-Scared Like A Moron: The Movie” would finally be coming out*. Other than that, yeah — I can dig the gothic Hammer vibes that are just oozing out of this Romanian production, with foggy dead ringer cemeteries and wonderfully atmospheric convents lined with young faces that are far too pretty and far too clean (also reminiscent of Hammer’s later focus on pretty women, rather than…

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★

    In order to be yourself, you have to find yourself. 

    Both Toy Story and its sequel are perfect, laser-focused stories about finding yourself — the first seeing Buzz come to terms with his being a toy through the emotional aid of Woody; the second seeing Woody get too big for himself, only to be leveled back down by Buzz. They’re perfect companion pieces, as perfect as Woody and Buzz are companions themselves. Toy Story 3, no matter how forcibly it did it,…