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Film Review: Deerskin (2019)

There’s no exact word in the English dictionary that describes just how absurd Deerskin is, and that’s what makes it so great. Recent divorcee Georges (Jean Dujardin, The Artist) spends thousands of dollars on a 100% deerskin jacket, and it begins to consume his identity. Either suckered in to being paid so much or just because, the seller of the jacket also tosses in a free digital video camera for Georges. He leaves town to be alone for a while, settling in a quiet village and manages to board up in a hotel with no money to his name. He leaves his wedding ring at the desk as an item of value to promise he’ll be able to pay for his room shortly which makes me chuckle, as the ring has no real value to him anymore.

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Film Review: Alice (2019)

I was originally slated to watch another French film today that’s on my list, Le daim (Deerskin), however, due to technical difficulties, I decided to swap it out with Alice, a drama about a woman who finds out her husband has been cheating on her with escorts the entire duration of their marriage. With him having left her all of a sudden and leaving their bank account drained, she decides to get into the very same sex work her husband was utilizing using often. He doesn’t approve when he discovers this — talk about hypocritical!

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Film Review: Porno (2019)

Porno is definitely not a film you can look up without being questioned about it should someone be seeing it in your browser history. It’s another film that I wanted to see at the Philadelphia Film Festival last year, but was unable to attend its screening. Back then there wasn’t even a trailer to be found, so all I would’ve been able to go by was its interesting sounding synopsis! Even if that was the case back then, I still would’ve walked away from this film being thoroughly impressed by its ingenuity.

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Film Review: Extra Ordinary (2019)

After the last film I saw was rather bland, I was hoping Extra Ordinary to  be a double whammy of film disappointments, but was still unsure of what to expect. It’s a title I stumbled across on IMDB last fall, but was not available to watch stateside at the time. After a small theatrical run earlier this year, Kino Lorber is now streaming it since it wasn’t able to have a full rollout.

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Film Review: Zombi Child (2019)

Zombi Child, from French director Bertrand Bonello is not a zombie film in the sense you are used to, and that’s okay. I knew that going into this, and even then I am not one to watch “zombie” films that often. By the time I got to the end, however, I was left severely disappointed with what I had just watched.

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Film Review: The Wild Goose Lake (2019)

It’s hard to believe I’m nearing a year since I saw Long Day’s Journey Into Night, another Chinese neo-noir film. Ironically, just like Long Day’s Journey, I too was unable to attend the screening of The Wild Goose Lake at the Philadelphia Film Festival back in the fall. When I saw the folks at Film Movement were streaming it online as part of their virtual cinema as of last week, I made sure to pay for a virtual ticket so I could catch what I had previously missed.

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Film Review: White Girl (2016)

Being the college age, when I happened to randomly stumble across White Girl I figured I would give it a try, not really sure what to expect. As a watched the film, and solidified once I finished it, it felt like what a Lifetime movie would be like if they were allowed to air R-rated films, complete with sex and drugs. I even came up with two theoretical Lifetime title following their frequently used pronoun + adjective + third word formula: Her Deadly Love or Her Deadly Idea.

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Film Review: Piranhas (2019)

From what I can recall, I am fairly certain that Piranhas is the first Italian film I have seen. I was not left disappointed by this film at all, it was gripping, albeit a slightly farfetched story about a group of kids around the age of fifteen who end up taking over the streets in their neighborhood.

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The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

Film Review: The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

Casey Davies (Jesse Eisenberg) is not a very tough guy. He’s awkward and shy, mild mannered and keeps to himself since he doesn’t fit in with the other guys at work. He’ used to being told his name is very feminine sounding. One night after work Casey Davies realizes he is out of food for his dachshund, so he walks to the store to pick some up. On his walk back he’s beaten by a group of bikers and left in the street. After being attacked, he goes to buy a gun, something that “can fit into my hand”…or in terms everyone but Casey knows, a handgun. Ultimately, he decides on karate so he can defend himself. However, after a few classes, he realizes there is more to Sensei and his dojo.

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