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  • Fest Selects: Best Gay Shorts, Vol. 1

    Fest Selects: Best Gay Shorts, Vol. 1

    ★★

    I can't recommend as a must-see any single short in this omnibus but it is instructive in the sense of reminding us how prevalent bad taste is on the LGBT film fest circuit. Does it tell us anything about the audiences for these, at best, mediocre films? I sure hope not.

    Almost needless to say, but there was no volume two.

  • Bedfellows

    Bedfellows

    OMFL.

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  • Her

    Her

    I can't imagine anyone who reads sci-fi more than casually, or even someone who's seen a decent number of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes, and especially anyone who's read Richard Powers' prescient and emotionally rich Galatea 2.2, or perhaps a reasonably informed average user of modern computers, to do anything but scoff and laugh at Spike Jonez's superficial attempt to speculate about artificially intelligent agents in, what? The near future? An alternate universe? Inside his head? Every time someone…

  • La Ciénaga

    La Ciénaga

    ★★★★★

    I can't think of a more accomplished, incisive and illuminating director of actors than Lucrecia Martel, particularly in the naturalistic style she's fond of, and there's no better observer and skewerer of a particular set of social mores. This is my Argentina, every frame of this movie says, and instead of being off-putting or condescending, as the tone of most American directors out of Hollywood would take of their societies, the feel here is intimate and painful — the terror of true self-awareness. That this was her first feature still astonishes me. The Chekhov comparisons are not hyperbole.