James Bowers

James Bowers

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really bad at being pretentious, I don't hate enough movies, overrate everything.

Favorite films

  • The Brothers Bloom
  • Cemetery Man
  • Cohen and Tate
  • Cutter's Way

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  • Judas Kiss

    ★★★½

  • Promising Young Woman

    ★★★

  • Haibane Renmei

    ★★★★

  • Stage Beauty

    ★★★★½

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  • Judas Kiss

    Judas Kiss

    ★★★½

    a beautiful loving homage to sleazy neo-noir trash. still quietly subverts its own cast of walking dime novel tropes by the end. in case you had doubts emma thompson's detective even makes sure to flaunt her latest jim thompson read for the camera. thompson, by the way, is easily giving the most fun performance of her career IMO in this joint that is absolutely STACKED with awesome character actors already. the intro credits roll over literal softcore porn and I kind of grimaced and expected the worst, but it really just sets the tone. femme fatale revisionism

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★

    perhaps a hot take but I'm actually all for having no mercy when injecting this kind of scorched earth fuck-all-men ideology into a picture. we suck, say it loud! my only real problem is that anger isn't enough. carey mulligan's cassie is defined by her vengeance and not much else. for a movie that is all about women and how complicit men and women let them down, everything seems awfully centralized around men. this feels as exploitative to me as…

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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

    devastating fucking reaches of catharsis.

  • The International

    The International

    ★★★½

    so tense and dour from almost the first second, this kinda checked all of the good old conspiracy thriller boxes pretty quickly: sterile, oppressive aesthetic, huge leaps of convenience and plausibility to expedite the plot? they've got it all, baybee. but the surprise attacks here are in its whiplash tonal shifts, whether it's an almost-slapstick assassination fake-out or the brutal, balletic bulletstorm at the guggenheim (this was 100% written so they could pull that, righ?) that should probably further derail…