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.

Jack Nance in ERASERHEAD (1977)

ERASERHEAD (1977)

The Unenthusiastic Critic's 2021 Horror Marathon continues with David Lynch's darkly disturbing debut feature.

Callum Scott Howells in IT'S A SIN

WEEK 10: PANDEMIC WALLFLOWER

In a belated new edition of the blog/newsletter, I share some thoughts on hitting the pandemic wall, as well as quick takes on It's a Sin, Allen v. Farrow, For All Mankind, Minari, Nomadland, and other stuff.

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KING KONG and GODZILLA
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KING KONG (1933) & GODZILLA (1954)

On a new episode of the podcast, we witness a clash of the titans, as The Unenthusiastic Critic meets two timeless movie stars for the very first time.

Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia aims a crossbow in ANGEL
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WEEK 7:
THE BEST SLAYED PLANS

In which I offer quick takes on stuff I've been watching (including Judas and the Black Messiah, Saint Maud, and Clarice), and explain at some length why I won't be writing about Buffy the Vampire Slayer this year after all.

People rescuing Ralph Fiennes, who is buried in dirt, in the movie THE DIG
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WEEK 6: BURIED

This week's blog/newsletter features some labored thoughts on the writing process, and quick takes on The Dig, Malcolm & Marie, The Little Things, I May Destroy You, and other things I've been watching.

Face/Off (1997)
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FACE/OFF (1997)

We have met the enemy and he is me, as I use a MAGA conspiracy theory as an excuse to introduce Nakea to John Woo's preposterous action thriller.

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WEEK 4: CABIN FEVER

In this week's edition of my blog/newsletter, I share some melancholy thoughts from the 11th month of lockdown, as well as quick takes on One Night in Miami and News of the World.

Keone Young as Mister Wu in DEADWOOD 1x10
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DEADWOOD 1×10:
"MISTER WU"

As a new social order is forming in Deadwood, a very funny episode explores issues of caste, transgression, and alienation.

RISKY BUSINESS
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RISKY BUSINESS (1983)

Sometimes, The Unenthusiastic Critic just has to say "What the f——." So on this week's episode, we're watching Tom Cruise's breakout movie Risky Business (1983).

Carey Mulligan in PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (2021)
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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.

DEADWOOD 1X09 - NO OTHER SONS OR DAUGHTERS
DEADWOOD

DEADWOOD 1×09:
"NO OTHER SONS OR DAUGHTERS"

New clothes, new pianos, new ventures, new relationships, new governments: On a relatively quiet episode, everyone in DEADWOOD is grappling with the possibility of change.

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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.

DICKINSON
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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.

THE SILENT PARTNER (1978)
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THE SILENT PARTNER (1978)

We're finishing our "Christmas-Adjacent" marathon with Daryl Duke's unjustly forgotten crime thriller.

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.

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN WORLD CINEMA

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.