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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    funny the russos spitballed "antonioni-level darkness" since endgame is like the exact inverse of l'avventura, where in that one a character's disappearance ruptures the illusions of safety and comfort in an old capitalist order this one does everything in its power to restore it.

    isn't just the end of the assembly line for three phases of marvel movies but multiple franchises, from jj abrams star trek to terminator genysis, where a particular disruption in the space time continuum offers less…

  • The Swindle

    The Swindle

    ★★★

    after la ceremonie, betty and merci pour le chocolat, was curious how chabrol would use the con-artist film to attack bourgeois order from the margins instead of from within but it's more interested in exploring scamming as an upwardly mobile act of proximity to wealth. Starts off a bit rudderless like the small time scams its leads use to live life in a decadence on loan, but once the big con appears an even more marginal convo on how colonialism…

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  • Aloha

    Aloha

    ★★★½

    this is a pynchon movie????? watched it at 5 am and am willing to say that like v and gravity's rainbow it prefers its critiques of capitalism and imperialism from the vantage point of wayward military personnel w/ the libidinal undercurrents of boardrooms and battlefields brought out by the rom com packaging

    as a result it asks the right questions from the wrong pov (and the emma stone casting fiasco didn't help) but it’s such an unusually singular movie to…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★½

    An interview quote surfaced on twitter this morning* that Anderson intended Alma to be a specifically Jewish refugee, as hinted by the scene in which she reacts with disgust to one character profiting off of selling visas to Jews during wartime. It speaks to something I originally thought of as one the film's strengths, mainly that Anderson gave up his failed attempts at saying something big in TWWB or the Master and realized he's much better at floating signifiers an…