Adam Trainer

Adam Trainer

Musician, writer, cinephile, dad. Not in that order.

Favorite films

  • Stalker
  • The Lovers on the Bridge
  • Nowhere
  • Dog Star Man

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  • Bombshell

    ★★½

  • Black Panthers

    ★★★★

  • Blue

    ★★★★

  • Barry Lyndon

    ★★★★½

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  • Bombshell

    Bombshell

    ★★½

    Theron and Robbie are great, Lithgow and Kidman let their facial prosthetics do the heavy lifting. Despite its aspirations to Vice or Spotlight level issues-based profundity (and if you're setting the bar at Vice you're probably in trouble) this feels like a made for TV movie, and the caked-on make-up makes everyone look like shit too.

  • Black Panthers

    Black Panthers

    ★★★★

    Varda has an innate ability to make anything relatable. Unobtrusive but managing to capture plenty of human moments, her capacity to present any situation she films through a sort of elemental truthfulness is breathtaking. This is just beautiful.

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  • Raw

    Raw

    ★★★½

    A slow burn to be sure, Raw is clunky throughout its first half - grasping at ideas more literally than it needs to, and often threatening style over substance. But it pays off with some incredibly visceral scenes. Like the best of the New French Extremity, it's most gut-punching moments come when brutality sits awkwardly alongside fragility, highlighting the razor's edge we often walk through human connection. The veil of human civility has never been more translucent.

  • Lux Æterna

    Lux Æterna

    ★★★

    Gaspar Noe is such a bloody edgelord.