Tagged: drama

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The Cast of Cthulhu: Black Mountain Side

Happy new year, y’all! Before discussing the surprisingly good Black Mountain Side, we catch up on some news and housekeeping, including Jim bidding adieu to I Do Movies Badly (boo…), a new home for The Cast of Cthulhu on Battleship Pretension (hooray!), and discussion about indie directors Benson &...

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Pieces of a Woman: Incomplete, by David Bax

After a few short scenes establishing the main characters, their lives and their relationships, Kornél Mundruczó’s Pieces of a Woman announces itself with a long, complex and immersive single take (lasting almost 25 minutes) detailing an at-home childbirth. It’s possible...

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Night of the Kings: Histories, by David Bax

Philippe Lacôte’s Night of the Kings appears at first to be a grim and visceral prison drama, not unlike Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s A Prayer Before Dawn from 2017. And, in many ways, that’s just what it is, set inside the Ivory...

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Dear Comrades: Red Spring, by David Bax

On June 2nd, 1962, in the city of Novocherkassk, the Soviet army and the KGB opened fire on protestors who were supporting striking factory workers. Officially, 26 people were killed but locals and survivors count many more. Bodies were buried...

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Promising Young Woman: Squandered, by David Bax

In comedy, there’s this term “clapter.” It describes what happens when a comedian gains an audience’s approval by declaring something with which they are sure to agree instead of by saying funny things. The audience claps instead of laughing. Comedians...