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  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
  • George Washington
  • Stranger by the Lake
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

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  • Wild Tales

    ★★★½

  • 15 Minutes of Shame

    ★★½

  • What's Up, Doc?

    ★★★★★

  • What's Up, Doc?

    ★★★★★

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  • Untold: Deal with the Devil

    Untold: Deal with the Devil

    ★★★★½

    CW: Abuse, Homophobia, Violence, and some good ol personal trauma. It’s a fun one yall. 


    "...And if I'd known THAT off the bat, I wouldn't 
    have let her in the gym."


    Ok, time to get real. (deep breath) 


    After finishing Deal with the Devil, the second film in a miniseries of sports documentaries from Netflix in the vein of ESPN's 30 for 30 series, I figured I was going to approach this review from the perspective of an avid combat…

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  • Wild Tales

    Wild Tales

    ★★★½

    The whole “humans are savage, vindictive wild animals” theme usually turns me off right away for reveling too much in its sadism (why I can’t stand Gaspar Noe anymore), but I can’t lie there were at least one point in each of the six shorts of Wild Tales where I busted out laughing. In that way, it for sure accomplishes what it sets out to do. Some of the shorts are way too predictable and gleefully cursed for me to…

  • 15 Minutes of Shame

    15 Minutes of Shame

    ★★½

    15 Minutes of Shame is a classic straight to streaming doc in the sense that the subject matter is wildly topical and interesting to explore, but the execution of the documentary form makes me want to rip my hair out. There's only really one solution introduced to the dogpiling/schadenfreude of internet culture which is government regulation, an unsatisfying one especially considering the solutions of "teach media literacy" and "log the fuck off" are never brought up. Had some good talking…

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  • The Souvenir

    The Souvenir

    ★★

    The cinematic equivalent of eating nothing but saltine crackers for dinner with no water to drink. And it lasts 2 hours. And there’s this bit of dried cracker stuck to the roof of your mouth and you’re doing everything in your power to lick it off and swallow but your tongue is so dry it’s actually being used as a vehicle to somehow make the cracker even more dry and more stuck to the top of your mouth. And that also lasts two hours.

  • Monos

    Monos

    ★★★★★

    2019 Sundance Film Fest Film #4: 


    And to think just I was starting to get burnt out from this whole “Sundance while I work part time and go to school full time” thing, Monos comes out of nowhere to be something bigger than a simple “must see at Sundance” title. Monos feels like a fucking miracle, an achievement in capturing a true to life nightmare scenario through the lens of a fairy tale world. Monos seems like it could take place…