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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★

    So, to answer the important questions about Us:

    (a.) it’s not as good as Get Out;
    (b.) it’s still really good.

    It reminds me of midtier Carpenter or Craven. Which, if you know me, is very high praise indeed.

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★

    I can’t wait for an entire generation of young men to tell an entire generation of young women that they “just don’t get it.”

    (Under the Silver Lake has some good ideas, but far too much masturbation; both literal and metaphorical.)

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  • Maniac

    Maniac

    ★★★★

    Maniac is Inception meets Cloud Atlas, filtered through the lens of eighties retrofuturism.

    In other words, it feels like it was grown in a lab just for me.

    Full review: the m0vie blog

  • Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

    Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

    ★★★

    I can see why Warners sold Mowgli on to Netflix, after a long-delayed postproduction cycle.

    To be clear, Mowgli is not bad. I quite enjoyed it. At the same time, it’s a deeply weird film, surprisingly dark and earnest in how it tells its story. It is utterly unlike either of the Disney versions, but in a way that showcases how carefully those versions were calibrated to appeal to a mass audience.

    The Disney versions of The Jungle Book offered…