Vadim has written 1 review for films rated ★★ during 2016.

  • Masterminds

    Masterminds

    ★★

    "The atemporality is usual for Hess, whose consistent aesthetic is poised somewhere between trailer-park chic and lower-middle-class tackiness: Though Masterminds ostensibly takes place in 1997, hard-working production designers have assembled a nightmare hellscape of leftover detritus from the last century. There are a variety of old Bell telephone booths scattered throughout, and everyone dresses as if they went to a 'best of 1985' anti-vintage sale. Frames are often symmetrical, with each prop placed for maximum visibility, like a junkyard parody…