Joel Mandelkorn

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Favorite films

  • Ikiru
  • Certified Copy
  • Mistress America
  • Burning

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  • Next Exit

    ★½

  • The Black Swan

    ½

  • Soft & Quiet

  • Peggy

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  • Next Exit

    Next Exit

    ★½

    There's a compelling premise at the edge of this film - not sure it ever really grabs hold of the potential and ever picks a narrative choice. The ending finally gets funky before going full cop-out. Part of this is a quirky dark comedy and part of it is a traditional character drama. Wish the film had something more distinct to offer up about living/dying, depression and the afterlife - it kind of just ends up in generic maudlin territory at the end of the day.

  • The Black Swan

    The Black Swan

    ½

    Pirates! (are bad)

    And Captain Morgan was a real dude and a piece of shit, no matter what this film wants you to believe. There's absolutely no way a single second of this film was shot outside of a soundstage.

    Maureen O'Hara's hair looks great, though.

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  • All My Friends Hate Me

    All My Friends Hate Me

    ★½

    Over-edited so it's never able to hone in on any suspense, tension or humor - especially the first 30 minutes. Watches like someone cobbled together rehearsals of another movie. There's a worthwhile movie about horrible people buried somewhere in the hyper filmmaking but the film never settles in on a perspective or tone to wrap the unlikable characters in a convincing story.

  • Malena

    Malena

    ½

    The origin story of a likely serial rapist but the movie wants to think it's a thoughtful coming of age period drama. Vile all around. Few films have hated a woman as intensely as this one. A prime example of validating misogyny, Italian edition. Bellucci has less than 10 lines here.