Patrik Sandberg

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  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★

    You can tell this film was made by a director void of culture, who comes from the desolate artistic strip mall of cable television. You can tell by its art direction, music cues, and costume and hair choices. It’s shot like an episode of Riverdale without the aesthetic cohesion, littered with mass-market detritus that screams “consumer-edgy”, inside a vacuum-sealed ambience that reads less as world-building than a poor facsimile of reality on a budget. Maybe these things were out of…

  • Land

    Land

    ★★★½

    If the film suffers from anything, it’s its utter conventionality. Following films like Into the Wild (directed by Wright’s ex-husband, Sean Penn), Wild, Call of the Wild, and other movies with “wild” in the title, the trope of someone running from their past into untamed nature has congealed into a kind of schmaltzy minigenre, and in a year where Nomadland achieves much the same with a greater artistic point of view, Land could be in danger of getting… well… lost…

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  • The Little Things

    The Little Things

    ½

    After a possessed Rami Malek superfan began to harass and threaten me, I chose to delete my original review. I know this is akin to giving in to the demands of a tyrant , but I refuse to make his excruciatingly miscast and profoundly terrible performance my problem. Don’t shoot the messenger. I truly hope “Adrian Mole” captures Mr. Malek at the scene of an auto accident, and ties him to the bedposts, like in Misery. Then maybe he will feel the only adoration that matters. Hers. 

  • Happiest Season

    Happiest Season

    ½

    The only thing more depressing than a cynical, retrogressive, failingly unlikely, gummed together attempt to mimic a conventional Hallmark Channel holiday movie with an idpol twist is accomplishing that very thing without a shred of humor nor an ounce of nerve. There’s truly no accounting for lack of vision. Hulu has rejected brilliant projects that I’m aware of and it’s a slap in the face they gave this turkey the go ahead. 50 years of unfortunate queer assimilation politics and…