The Film Mufti

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Favorite films

  • Barry Lyndon
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • The Last Laugh
  • Ran

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  • Armageddon Time

    ★★

  • Hold Me Tight

    ★★

  • The Aviator

    ★★★★

  • Triangle of Sadness

    ★★

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  • Armageddon Time

    Armageddon Time

    ★★

    I understand why white NPR listeners walk around hand-wringing about abstract feelings of intangible guilt but can they start doing that in therapy sessions instead of in public please? 

    And James Gray: I know you love film.  You shoot on it all the time.  I don’t know why you chose to shoot digitally this time, but you should embrace that choice instead of adding noise to your image to make it look vaguely film-like.  Same thing happened with Moonlight, which I also found visually distracting.

    In conclusion Green Book is actually a good film.

  • Hold Me Tight

    Hold Me Tight

    ★★

    Like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle that has no shape, shows no picture, and may not even have all its pieces in the box.  It would all be a huge shaggy dog joke if Vicky Krieps didn’t explicitly tell the audience about 40 minutes in why no one should be investing any emotion in the proceedings.  That Amalric continues his harried editing rhythm after the revelation proves that it’s the only thing up his sleeve here.

    2022 has been a banner year for films running 90-120 minutes with enough ideas to sustain 20-30 tops.

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  • Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

    Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

    Dull, pretentious nonsense nudges Berlin’s reputation even closer towards the gutter.  It may be interesting to some from an educational perspective, to study how precisely Radu Jude makes the wrong artistic choice at every available opportunity.

    Film opens with a hardcore sex recording which will become the narrative’s crux, though eventually it’s obvious there’s really no reason the audience needs to see the whole thing, and putting it at the very beginning is just a dumb shock technique that doesn’t…

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    It desperately wants to be Superbad but instead is just super bad: an ineptly scripted, poorly edited, indifferently photographed, annoyingly acted turkey directed by a hack who has apparently never seen a real movie or ever heard the word ‘no’.

    It’s exactly the sort of thing that a rich, white liberal, who’s never been anywhere between the coasts or ever met a poor person in her life, would dream up after a steady diet of #Resistance Twitter and Full Frontal…