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This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Titane is a wildly demented ride consisting of equal parts psychopathic violence and wide-eyed, big-hearted tenderness. Yeah, you read that combination correctly. After all, that seems to be the central tension (among many tertiary ones) of this new visionary work from Julia Ducournau. It is a film of two distinct parts, with major tonal shifts in each, that nonetheless is held together by its own (metallic) threads. Depending on how you feel about this welding (sorry, I just can’t stay…
*This review spoils a few plot points.*
It is not often that we get a film which simultaneously functions both as a vehicle for an awards-caliber lead actor performance as well as a compassionate, humanistic portrait of the lesser known individuals who make up an entire community of people. It is even rarer that we get one as a directorial debut made on a modest budget. But that, in fact, is precisely what Darius Marder has accomplished with the wondrous…
In a year of unprecedented unpredictability and upended presumptions societally, perhaps Mank fits like a glove. Initially touted as an outworking of Pauline Kael’s seminal bit of disastrous criticism “Raising Kane,” Fincher’s latest offering, like the masterwork Citizen Kane before it, is actually a many-headed hydra. One part genre-mashup, another individual vs. the corrupt system, still a third time-bound (yet universal) electioneering. A dash of period-piece biopic and a dollop of 1930’s Hollywood window dressing. Throw all of the ingredients…