The implication that an audience’s emotions should be wrenched out than coaxed out is as arrogant as ‘Midsommar’ is self-indulgent.
‘Yesterday’ Rises Above Its Gimmick… Mostly
‘Yesterday’ knows exactly how charming it is and goddamnit is it fun.
‘On the Basis of Sex’ is Infuriatingly Dull
‘On the Basis of Sex’ failed to find and use the fortitude of its subject, rather relying on the convention of “humble beginnings” and sucked all the air out of its own story.
‘Boy Erased’ Exists in a Religiously Tolerant Bubble
There is a lot of well-meaning ignorance floating around this story, but ignorance is only well-meaning if it does more good than harm.
‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Keeps Its Woman Difficult
That McCarthy plays Israel with the fearful distrust of an abused dog creates a distinct relationship between viewer and subject: she’s a protagonist that begs to be sympathized with but doesn’t command it.
‘The Wife’ Perpetuates an Unhelpful Narrative
It’s tempting to believe that the post-Weinstein revelations would yield semi-immediate results, given the fervor with which the court of public opinion rendered their verdict against those men. But then a film like “The Wife” comes along.
When ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Became Grief Porn
That MGM thought a lighthearted wink of a cross-marketing campaign would work for a TV show that includes repeated government-sanctioned rape proves that the Handmaid’s Tale brand is unaware of its own narrative, culturally or otherwise.
The Nitpic’s Summer Watch Review – July 1-7
I swam, I tanned, and I mostly binged.
The Nitpic’s Summer Watch Review – June 10-30
Catching up on three weeks’ worth of watching! New movies, old TV, revolutionary comedy, and more.
The Nitpic’s Summer Watch Review – June 3 – 9
Summer, traditionally, is not a fun time for me.