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It's Frederick Wiseman's Russian Ark, guided by a Kiwi Joe Exotic.
This movie is an elegy for End Stage Capitalism. It's the last gasp of a pre-COVID society that failed us on every level, from 2019 Alabama to 2021 Texas. I hope that if this is the end of shopping malls -- an institution I love more than any rational person should -- it is the precursor to a more equitable and just society.
It may have been tempting for…
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Swallow isn't quite Get Out as told by Ari Aster, but that's the elevator pitch. As much as I admired Never Rarely Sometimes Always, it doesn't pack half the punch as Swallow does, while touching on the same themes of feminist agency, being trapped by societal pressures, and a need to escape.
Hunter and Richie are giving off Jennifer Lawrence and Handsome Eli Manning vibes. They live in a palatial Catskills abode whose 1950-60s pastiche vibes would make Tim Burton…
Pretty disappointing. It's well-made, but it's more like a Discovery Channel special than an actual movie. And it's less about the cats themselves as it is about the humans' feelings about them. I guess that sounds silly to complain about it, bit I've seen a lot of interesting stuff about how cats tick, and how they relate to humans, and this did very little of that. It's fine.
Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: the fact that Robert Richardson was sent to prison for six decades over a Credit Union robbery where no one got hurt is utter bullshit. I don't care that he actually did it, and that he should have taken a plea deal (although he did, and he should have): our system is completely broken and that is an extremely urgent topic that we need to have dialogue about and,…
It's one thing to be funny. It's another thing to entirely to be a Comedian. Such is the thesis of this portrait of two stand-up comics.
One of the comics is Jerry Seinfeld, one of the greatest, and inarguably most heralded comic of the last three decades. The other is Orny Adams, a young, brash upstart. The contrast between the two drives the film.
While Orny is a nobody, he boldly demands respect, gets upset by hecklers, blames crowds for…