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  • Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

    Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

    ★★★★★

    "In Apocalypse Now, man’s torment stems from the fact that he is never simply one or the other. He is always both. Man is rational and irrational, good and evil. Man kills and loves. Like an animal, man is a body, material and mortal – and, like a god, man is a spirit, immaterial and immortal. The film is drawing from the same well as the most ancient tragedies."

    Apocalypse Now deserves much more than this piddly little essay, but…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★½

    Was especially struck, on this viewing, by how much this film sets up Last Jedi (or, perhaps more accurately, how much Last Jedi follows this film's precedents, though it's often perceived as doing the opposite). Something is clearly up with Rey, but it's also fairly clear that that something has nothing to do with her parents (Maz straight up says they're "never coming back"); Last Jedi's "twist" is by no means a contradiction of Force Awakens – and in fact,…

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  • Olaf's Frozen Adventure

    Olaf's Frozen Adventure

    MISTER MOVIEGOER.

    YOU COULD HAVE ARRIVED AT THE "COCO" SCREENING 45 MINUTES LATE.

    I GAVE YOU ALL THE CLUES

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    "Both [American Graffiti and Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood] take comfort in the familiarity of a particularly beloved time and place, and both are suffused with wistfulness because they know the time will end and the place will change. Lucas and Tarantino have erected their share of cultural landmarks, but these are their most nakedly personal works. Nostalgia bares their sentimental souls; one might almost say it is the truest experience they can communicate. Both Lucas and Tarantino are…