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  • Lilya 4-ever
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Master
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  • Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno

    ★★★

  • Prey

    ½

  • Father of the Bride

    ★★★

  • Jupiter's Moon

    ★★

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  • Come As You Are

    Come As You Are

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I really, really, fervently wish that they hadn't wasted the first half of this film on 'Disabled Comedy Hijinks' ... ("Hey guys; the blind guy is driving the van. Isn't that hilarious?!" - No. No it isn't. That shit was stale in "See No Evil, Hear No Evil", back in 1989 ... Do better!).

    Sex is a serious subject (especially for somebody in my position, although I have had limited experience) ... but you see a lot of sex in…

  • The Last Blockbuster

    The Last Blockbuster

    ★★★★

    Not to out myself as some giant perv... but I need the 'beaded door', for that authentic video rental experience! Don't get me wrong, by the time I was old enough to rent adult movies, I didn't live near to anywhere that they were available (in fact, I've never rented porn in person in my life, only digitally) ... but you always knew that if a video store had adult titles, it would also have a more diverse and obscure…

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  • Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno

    Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    If you listen to the lead actresses on "Blue is the Warmest Colour", then director Abdellatif Kechiche is apparently a massive creep... and in a film that objectifies womens' bodies as much as this one does, that reputation becomes hard to forget.

    (it *is* a part of the plot - but still, I believe, done to excess).

    This is a movie where even the 'nice guy' spies on his crush, and concocts a plan to get her nude in front of him... That he appears in the end to have relinquished this fixation, becoming slightly more patient and understanding, is not a particularly redemptive arc!

  • Prey

    Prey

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I'm very perplexed. Normally, when I have such a visceral reaction against something, I know EXACTLY why I hate it... The mistakes I saw here, though, seem so obvious that it *has* to be me. I'm almost reluctant to write anything down, for fear of looking stupid.

    Let me state one thing for the record, though: my low rating has nothing to do with the film having a young female protagonist or an all-indigenous cast - we'll have none of…

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  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★

    Sometimes, the people who smother you, and the people that encourage you to spread your wings, are doing it for the same reason - because they care.

    It's the people who abandon you, that you're better off without.

  • Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator

    Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I can't believe that one woman at the end, who STILL, without a shred of shame, asserts that Yoga is more important than ensuring that the victims achieve justice ...

    Wow. The obtuseness of some people never ceases to amaze me ...