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  • The Cellar

    The Cellar

    ★★★½

    Not gonna lie. I thought this was CELLAR DWELLER until I popped in the Blu-ray. Really glad it wasn't!

    I'm always up for a KID VS. MONSTER movie and this one is top-tier stuff! THE CELLAR (terrible title) has got an ingenious kid who loves to set traps (and builds his own flamethrower), the monster is a vicious Gozer wannabee, and the whole thing is directed with lean panache by Kevin Tierny (NIGHT OF THE DEMONS). I've always been a…

  • Putney Swope

    Putney Swope

    ★★★★

    Written and Directed by Robert Downey (a prince)

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  • Assassination Nation

    Assassination Nation

    ★½

    The film starts with a TRIGGER WARNINGS joke. Oof.

    Politically all over the place and tonally repugnant. The film is about the horrors of mob violence and it goosed our audience to scream "KILL! KILL! KILL!" at one point.

    I'm a white dude, so it's not really my place to say this, but it kinda felt uncomfortable watching another white dude make a film about the complexities of being a young woman that revels in mentally and physically abusing them until it switches into a heavy-handed "ISN'T THIS VIOLENCE KEWL!?" finale.

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★½

    "I stay married to you Mank because it's never boring."

    ME, WATCHING MOVIE: That is not true.

    Images that look like you flipped your iPhone to black and white. A story with no dramatic meat. Performances that range from subdued to kind of bored. I understand David Fincher made this film to honour a script his father wrote, but honestly, it probably needed a few more drafts. I genuinely thought "Boy, I'd rather be watching RKO 281, the TV movie about the making-of CITIZEN KANE, or HAIL CEASAR, or ME AND ORSON WELLES, or even frigging TRUMBO.