Invisible Life

If you can only see one 2019 period piece foreign film about the connection between two women constantly being battered by patriarchal expectations that features a portrait of a lady that happens to be on fire…well, you should still watch Portrait of a Lady on Fire, but I highly doubt there will be another one…

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The Best of the 2010s – Davey

11-25 are listed alphabetically 20th Century Women Anomalisa The Babadook Calvary Cold War Columbus La La Land Little Women Madeline’s Madeline Parasite The Perks of Being a Wallflower Short Term 12 The Social Network Whiplash Your Name 10. Marriage Story Acted with gusto, crafted with precision, and so heartbreakingly honest that all pretense of cinema…

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Little Women

There are a few things that need to be addressed when talking about Little Women (2019). For starters, the fears brought up by yet another adaptation of an uppity 19th century novel that’s been immortalized countless times in countless films are valid, there’s truly little cultural capital gained by telling the same stories over and…

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1917

At the end of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, the characters lament that their world-saving victory will be unknown by the masses. Ben Stiller replies in a close-up, “we’ll know.” Something about that moment always stayed with me, and I still think about it ten years later (no, my ‘best of 2009’…

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Frozen II

Frozen II is an exceptionally weird movie, angrily wrestling the title of “weirdest modern Disney film” from Ralph Breaks the Internet before that movie could even get comfortable with its new crown. That doesn’t mean it’s a good movie, because it’s hard to tell, but it is a very interesting one, filled with a lot…

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Lady and the Tramp (2019)

The scariest moment in a 2019 film comes six minutes into Lady and the Tramp, when my world got shattered and any god I believed in turned out to be myth and legend. At this moment, the last moment I could call myself a sane person, a dog started talking. Maybe it’s something about the…

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Noelle

I like to think that Noelle is the sort of movie that would appreciate me working hard to find the good in it despite my overall opinion. It’s the sort of sickly sweet, annoyingly earnest, G-rated romp that belongs on Disney+ not because it’s premium content, but because it feels made with the 10 years…

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Let It Snow

Sue me, it’s sweet. Netflix’s 2019 drunken shout into the void to say “listen up chucklefucks it’s Christmas time,” Let It Snow, following four interconnected stories of high schoolers trying to navigate love and the future on Christmas Eve in a small town, is the sort of movie that ends with Joan Cusack’s narration saying…

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Playing with Fire

I don’t think I’ll be breaking any hearts by saying that Playing with Fire, also known as “Keegan-Michael Key Really Wants a Summer House: the Movie”, isn’t very good. In fact, it’s downright awful, and exactly the sort of movie you’d expect from the director of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. Billing itself as the…

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Motherless Brooklyn

At a family gathering recently, a young cousin of mine went on for around 15 minutes about the drama surrounding her 4th grade class. She spoke with the sort of confidence and excitement only found in someone that young, and even though the actual words and events she was describing were basically meaningless, I was…

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