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  • Sideways

    Sideways

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Alexander Payne's 2004 film Sideways was a popular success and a critical darling; a film with an outsized cultural impact to the point that it significantly affected the wine market. It's a story of midlife crisis, about two men trying to find some measure of a life they remember on a trip through California's wine country. Perhaps that helped it to resonate with a Baby Boom generation that was most of the way through middle age, and a Gen-X that…

  • eXistenZ

    eXistenZ

    ★★★½

    Cronenberg has always excelled at body horror. Whether the famous exploding head shot from Scanners or the grotesque transformation of The Fly, he has an uncanny knack for digging into our brains and finding that exact spot that fills us with revulsion even as we're unable to look away. His prosthetics always look distinctly biological and fleshy, but somehowwrong - cancerous or unnatural.

    In most of Cronenberg's films his squirmy body horror is about the body - an effort to…

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  • The Third Man

    The Third Man

    ★★★★★

    RIP The Dissolve, 2013-2015

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★

    When Barack Obama was elected President in 2008, a lot of people seemed to think that we had largely conquered racism - there might still be some work to do, but if we could elect a black man President how bad could things really be?

    Of course, those people were basically all white, and as the intervening years have demonstrated they were also wrong. Police shooting after police shooting showed the lack of value our system places on the lives…