Alex Webster
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  • Fighting with My Family

    Fighting with My Family

    ★★★★

    Never liked wrestling much myself, despite growing up watching it, playing it, reenacting it, and owning it, but over recent years I've built up an immense respect for the art form. It's hypocritical and a bit heartless to make fun of its hardcore fans, aka the "It's real to me, dammit!" crowd, when the stage antics, pageantry, and athleticism aren't much different from a TV drama, royal wedding, or football game. I can see this film getting a reputation for…

  • Dead Man's Shoes

    Dead Man's Shoes

    ★★★★½

    As if Good Time and It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia had a wretched child, mixed with a dash of You're Next. This is an excellent twist on horror convention while presenting itself as something else entirely. From the moment Paddy Considine froths out the word "cunt" leveled at a pack of his eurotrash enemy, I was glued to this film's anger. Many a revenge film let its protagonist nobly swallow his morality in a way that audiences can reasonably justify,…

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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★

    I didn't get social media until eighth grade. It was a Myspace page. Things were...different then. But while watching this one, I realized that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Bo Burnham taps into something here that's going to be revisited for years to come. Things like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (nobody uses Facebook anymore) changed the paradigm of how kids interact with each other, but the pursuits have stayed the same. A lot of them…

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★½

    This film is so thin that after watching you may wonder if there were more than like, 7 scenes in it total. However, the boiling isolation, pitch black subject matter, pulsing score, and truncated violence beating in its crusty heart are far more effective in ~80 minutes than many films are at a full 2 hours. Watching it is kind of like shooting up just a little bit of tar, or watching a few Live Leak videos on your lunch…