This weird thing happens every year where critics trip over themselves to nominate movies for awards well before the year actually ends; in the rush to be “first,” a distinction that matters not one iota even in the fast-paced world of the Internet, movies that drop at the end of the year tend to get lost in the shuffle. I’m not even necessarily talking about the awards shuffle, either. Movies just fall through the cracks. People are too busy looking for shine.
Clemency doesn’t shine. It isn’t a flashy movie. It is, however, a very good movie that likely would take up major real estate in acting categories if the fart-sniffers in charge of deciding what’s “best” actually bothered to watch the fucking thing. Whatever. The real issue I have here is that Clemency is superb and nobody’s going to talk about it at all. So here I am, taking it upon myself to talk about it.
You can read my full review over at Paste Magazine.