Those has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2021.

  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★½

    This is fleet and fun and definitely captures a particular generational anxiety in an excruciatingly real way to the point where my gf and I were constantly shouting “noooooo” at the screen, but a lot of this movie’s buzz has centered around its distinctly Jewish flavor and...eh I dunno. There are notable exceptions where the movie plays off of common tropes of Jewish comedy in ways that also feel hyper-specific and lived-in (the tragicomic running bit about everyone’s preoccupation with…

  • Bad Trip

    Bad Trip

    ★★★½

    The anti-Borat.

    Where Cohen deploys his hidden-camera pranks to goad his targets into exposing their most extravagantly boorish, hateful selves, Andre et al use theirs to bring out the best in people. And it’s not that each film’s pranks elicit wildly different reactions from their respective targets so much as it’s a matter of how each film chooses to frame those reactions; where Cohen’s film views people as oafishly credulous, Andre’s film instead chooses to see them as open-hearted and good-humored.

    Also this features the most structurally justified, emotionally satisfying blooper reel in movie history.

  • Despiser

    Despiser

    ★★★½

    With the distinct feel of an FMV light gun shooter whose narrative ambitions refuse to be contained by the puny confines of a bowling alley arcade cabinet, it’s impossible not to love this movie for its aesthetic gumption alone. I don’t even mind the narcissistic Misunderstood Artist Messiah shtick because unlike the Breens and Wiseaus of the world Cook actually puts his money where his mouth is. There are no cut corners or half measures here, this is a fully…

  • Quiet Please, Murder

    Quiet Please, Murder

    ★★★½

    I think it’s safe to say this is the greatest wartime propaganda/espionage/slice-of-life comedy detective noir Freudian library heist thriller ever made.

  • We Are Little Zombies

    We Are Little Zombies

    ★★★½

    “Smokers are just paying to take deep breaths. Adults are idiots.”

  • Murder Death Koreatown

    Murder Death Koreatown

    ★★★½

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