Mary Poppins Returns
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The prolific and daring independent filmmaker Joe Swanberg captures the loneliness of the long-term D.I.Y. artist in the age of social networking.
"Hi, where have you been all my life?" may be learned behavior, but it always sounds good up close... [A] sense of life-just-happens and what-the-------just-happened, those instants just before cheeks flush and unwelcome memories etch.
Uncle Kent is much too intriguing to be discarded as merely twee, softcore hackwork.
At 72 minutes, it's hardly a big ask.
Swanberg seems to be making films that can be mistaken for reality TV shows, except his characters are the type that would never be considered for such programming because they are a bit too uncolorful, almost but not quite milquetoast-y.
'He used to do tricks with his penis' isn't really character development.
If you come in midway you'll think you stumbled upon some unedited webcam feed, but this is, I suppose, the new aesthetic of the avant-garde
Ultimately, if Kent learns anything, it's that he's probably too old for all this crap -- and that's a mature realization for a film genre usually known for its youth and 'hey, whatever' attitude.
...the latest underwhelming drama from a man who stubbornly refuses to grow as a filmmaker...
It's a portrait of stunted middle-aged maturity that comes off as a performance of self-gratification.
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