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  • Modern Romance

    Modern Romance

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    Albert Brooks plays a character just as unbearable as Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems.

  • The Breadwinner

    The Breadwinner

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    Extremism, of any kind, is often born from a sort of inescapable suffering. It latches onto blind dogma as a means of coping with the harsh absurdity of reality.

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

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    Tenet, like most of Nolan’s filmography, hangs an intellectual concept over the audience’s head in a vague attempt at creating something seemingly profound. But as I’ve come to expect from Nolan, none of these themes are handled with delicacy or nuance. In fact, a quick glance behind the stylistic gimmicks, backdrop of philosophical subtext and mere spectacle reveals a movie that is hollow and void of substance.

    Tenet is not complex, it’s convoluted β€” mistaking confusion for aesthetic ambiguity. Its…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

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    A common criticism of Kaufman is that his work is far too self-indulgent, and while I can't necessarily disagree with that, I would argue that this narrative approach works, in particular, because his characters themselves are so deeply entrenched in their own self-loathing.
    In this respect, I've always seen Kaufman's work as somewhat of a cautionary reminder to get one's head out of their own ass before they shit their own brains out. I wouldn't say that there's something uniquely…