THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939)

THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939)

As my Independent Study in World Cinema continues, I dive deep into Jean Renoir's tragicomic critique of French society on the eve of the Second World War.

Carey Mulligan in PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (2021)

WEEK 3: IMPEACHY KEEN

In this week's edition of my blog/newsletter, I'm offering quick takes on Promising Young Woman, Pretend It's a City, WandaVision, Locked Down, and a bunch of other stuff I was watching when I should have been writing.

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WEEK 2: SEDITION EDITION

In this week's blog/newsletter, I share a few thoughts on the white supremacist attack on Washington D.C., as well as a few links to the thoughts of much smarter people than I.

Sofia in DEADWOOD 1X08 - SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN
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DEADWOOD 1×08: "SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN"

After many years, I'm taking up my Deadwood reviews right where I left off, with an episode that asks whether this brutal place could possibly be a place where family can thrive.

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WEEK 1: NEW YEAR, OLD HABITS

This week's blog post/newsletter includes quick thoughts on Sylvie's Love, Doctor Who, and Dickinson, as well as some thoughts on the difference between making New Year's Resolutions and implementing them.

Mads Mikkelsen in ANOTHER ROUND (2020)
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WEEK 52: TAINT MISBEHAVIN'

In the first of a new weekly blog series (and ersatz newsletter), I discuss what I've been watching, and writing about, and thinking about, during 2020's "Holiday Taint."

CHILDREN OF MEN (2006)
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CHILDREN OF MEN (2006)

The Unenthusiastic Critic watches the perfect movie for Christmas 2020: Alfonso Cuarón's dystopian (but strangely hopeful) nativity story.

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GRAND ILLUSION (1937)

My long neglected Independent Study in World Cinema resumes with Jean Renoir's unfailingly humane masterpiece.

Nicolas Cage and Cher in MOONSTRUCK (1987)
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MOONSTRUCK (1987)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is looking for the holiday spirit in Norman Jewison's Christmas-adjacent romantic comedy.

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957)
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SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957)

This #Noirvember, we're serving a cookie full of arsenic, as The Unenthusiastic Critic enjoys her first viewing of Alexander Mackendrick's cynical cinematic masterpiece.

Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves (1990)
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DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)

In 1990, Kevin Costner's epic western was widely hailed as major progress in Hollywood's representation of indigenous people. But what will The Unenthusiastic Critic make of it 30 years later?

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THE STRANGERS (2008)

There's no place like home, as The Unenthusiastic Critic's 2020 Halloween Movie Marathon concludes with Bryan Bertino's harrowing home-invasion thriller.

Hereditary (2018)
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HEREDITARY (2018)

What's scarier than family? So we're talking about Ari Aster's breakthrough horror movie this week, as The Unenthusiastic Critic's Halloween movie marathon continues.

REBECCA (1940)
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REBECCA (1940)

We're headed back to Manderley as The Unenthusiastic Critic's 2020 Halloween Movie Marathon continues with Hitchcock's Oscar-winning suspense classic.

THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE (2001)
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THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE (2001)

The Unenthusiastic Critic's Halloween Movie Marathon continues with Guillermo del Toro's classic wartime ghost story.

PHANTASM (1979)
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PHANTASM (1979)

The Unenthusiastic Critic's 2020 Halloween Movie Marathon gets underway with a viewing of a creepy cult classic.

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DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS (1995)

This week we're revisiting Carl Franklin's sorely under-appreciated neo-noir, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this month.

SPIRITED AWAY (2001)
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SPIRITED AWAY (2001)

This week we're getting Ghibli with it, as we sit down for The Unenthusiastic Critic's first viewing of Hayao Miyazaki's weird and wonderful animated classic.

BATMAN and BATMAN & ROBIN
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BATMAN (1989) AND BATMAN & ROBIN (1997)

This week, we're watching a dynamic duo of movies: the film that started Hollywood's love affair with superheroes, and the film that almost ended it.