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  • Red Desert

    Red Desert

    ★★★★½

    This was my second viewing, and I don't know how I didn't like this on the first one.

    I've seen three Antonioni films thus far (this, Blow Up, and La Notte), and I find them all incredibly hard to talk or write about. It's like they directly transmit a feeling into my brain and it's fairly indescribable. I could use words like alienation and loneliness but that feels more like parroting what people say about Red Desert than actually describing…

  • They Live

    They Live

    ★★★★½

    Film #17 that was recommended to me -- feel free to add to the list!

    They Live is ridiculously fun while having a message that, while mostly painted in broad strokes, feels as relevant today as ever. At the heart of They Live is a story about the ways that people fail to analyze their social conditioning, and the ways that those with power (read: money) use this to their advantage. While replacing words with "OBEY" is simplistic and not…

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  • Vernon, Florida

    Vernon, Florida

    ★★★

    This film as presented is a scattered collection of (sometimes context-less) stories or thoughts from eccentric people in rural Florida, brushing up against the lightly philosophical. It's an easy watch but perhaps not focused enough for my tastes. With background knowledge, though, it's interesting in an entirely different way. Errol Morris set out originally to make a film about "Nub City," the side of Vernon where people were collecting insurance money on lost limbs at an unusually high rate, allegedly…

  • Clue

    Clue

    ★★★

    Apologies for the erratic activity lately. Part of that is due to having a lot to take care of and not being home all that often, but I also have been directing much of what spare time I get into my love for modern board games (if anyone reading this can relate, particular favorites at the moment are Spirit Island and the Arkham Horror Card Game -- I'm often only able to play with one other person and we do…

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  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★½

    It makes me so incredibly happy reading about Chinese Americans and others seeing an aspect of their lives on screen for the first time with this film. That makes it all the more frustrating knowing about how Lulu Wang had to wait and endure several rejections to get this made the way it is. The struggle was absolutely worth it, but it's infuriating how this story of Chinese family and culture was passed over repeatedly because it didn't feature white…

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

    Film School Drop Outs 2019
    Week 20: Studio - RKO Radio Pictures

    What can I really hope to add that hasn't been said about Citizen Kane? In broad strokes, the presentation is just 2 hours of completely showing off -- it's the kind of film that you hear about how it was innovative and influential in cinematography, and you might worry it'll feel like a historical exercise. However, in reality it's all striking and time has not dulled it one…