Angelica Jade Bastién

Angelica Jade Bastién

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critic, vulture. southern broad. one hell of a dame.

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  • Antebellum

    Antebellum

    “I am tired. I am tired of pop-cultural artifacts that render Black people as merely Black bodies onto which the sins of this ragged country are violently mapped. I am tired of suffering being the primary lens through which we understand Black identity. I am tired of being so hungry for Black joy and Black representation that scraps feel like a meal. I am tired of films about slavery refusing to acknowledge the interior lives of Black women even as…

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    fuck this movie. absolutely atrocious. paper thin characterization. there is no joy to the ostentatious ploys toward spectacle. john david washington has the charisma of a cardboard box. found the abuse storyline for elizabeth debicki’s character frustrating, hollow, and infuriating. this is a truly terrible film on levels of craft, acting, writing, direction, you name it. what an exhausting waste of time.

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  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    one star for kristin scott thomas because this movie is ugly, sexless and hollow as hell save for her efforts. 

    excerpt from my vulture review which can be read here. 

    “Poor, poor Armie Hammer. Who told him the lie that being white, tall, and rich-looking was enough to establish a career in Hollywood? Hammer has never excited me; both his choice of films and what he does with his appearances tends to bore, if they register at all. But Netflix’s Rebecca…

  • Species II

    Species II

    ★★½

    is this a good movie? fuck no. it’s ridiculous, looks cheap, and has some...curious racial politics. now, did i have fun watching it? totally.

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  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★★★

    I’ve been mulling over this review for a while because I have so much to say, especially after seeing the film three times. 

    Margot Robbie has cemented herself as a producer and star of high regard. She completely understands Harley Quinn — her energy, how she’s both a human Looney Toon and a remarkable emblem of female desire unshackled and unleashed, her humor and her voice. 

    The fight scenes are brimming with bone crunching action that delights and thrills and…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★½

    fuck yes. finally some good shit. really fell in love with this one — its attention to detail, its ragged melancholy, its awkward tension, its dynamic point of view. love love loved the performances. may write more about this one soon. i can’t stop thinking about it.