Senior Year (2022)

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Senior Year (2022)

Netflix’s Senior Year is an annoying hi-concept comedy that takes a potentially interesting premise and waterlogs it with bad sitcom-style writing.  An overcaffeinated 12-year-old could have written this. The subject in question is what happens when a high school senior gets into an accident, slips into a coma and wakes up 20 years later suddenly […]

| May 14, 2022
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The Innocents (2021)

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The Innocents (2021)

Norwegian director Eskil Vogt got a double-honor at this year’s Academy Awards, first by getting a writing nomination along with his collaborator Joachim Trier for The World Person in the World and also saw his film nominated for Best International Feature.  That film, about the adventures of a young woman that could easily be written […]

| May 13, 2022
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Pleasure (2021)

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Pleasure (2021)

Ninja Thyberg’s Pleasure is a movie whose overriding results lay in the eye of the beholder, dependent largely on what you’re willing to take.  This is an explicitly graphic but narratively spare NC-17 portrait of a young immigrant from Sweden who travels to the sunbaked coast of L.A. with the goal of building a career in […]

| May 11, 2022
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The Pod Bay Doors Movie Podcast: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

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The Pod Bay Doors Movie Podcast: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

| May 11, 2022
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Happening (2021)

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Happening (2021)

Audrey Diwan’s French drama Happening arrives in the United States at the very moment when the SCOTUS leak has led to raging protests over the possibility of overturning the historic Roe vs. Wade decision, giving individual states the right to control and even ban abortions, which, for the past 48 years, have remained legal.  If […]

| May 9, 2022
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

I don’t know, I guess I expected something else from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.  Even as many fans and critics around me seem to be cooling on this whole MCU business – this is the 28th film – I have steadfastly remained loyal (although “Moonknight” did test my limits).  What disappoints me about […]

| May 7, 2022
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Anaïs in Love (2022)

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Anaïs in Love (2022)

If I were living in a space that included a girl like Anaïs I might be inclined to want strangle her, or at the very least thrust her out of my immediate surroundings so I could get on with the normal patterns of my life.  She is the kind of person that I generally dislike.  […]

| May 4, 2022
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All My Puny Sorrows (2022)

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All My Puny Sorrows (2022)

Despite Johnny Mandel and Michael Altman’s legendary theme to MASH, suicide is anything but painless.  It does bring on many changes, but with it come heartbreak, confusion and years and years of searching for a punctuation, an end-mark, an answer.  Suicide is chaos and despair for those left behind. This was my family’s experience.  In […]

| May 3, 2022
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