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  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★½

    Weird to rewatch this one (going to try and see the sequels soon which I’ve never seen). Remembering that loved HK cinema when this came out and seeing it opening night in my town and people just losing their minds.

    The guy on here who said the dated signifiers lead a dream like quality to things is right.

    You remember the wire-fu, bullet time, and the helicopter crash into glass skyscraper leading to the beautiful liquid like wave before shattering…

  • Boxing Gym

    Boxing Gym

    ★★★★★

    Given that an entry point is hard, I usually tell people to check out the individual Wiseman joints if they are curious about the particular subject matter but the major-ness of this one makes me rethink that. You get his appreciation for the art of movement w near utopian warmth in terms of the possibilities of community. I would say most of the little moments are transcendent, as far as that stuff goes.

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  • Resident Evil: Afterlife

    Resident Evil: Afterlife

    ★★★★½

    Stillness amidst passing umbrellas, the eye contact head dip from the Japanese businessman begins the long form momentum like a switch.

    Action can fluidly slip into diagrams and and computer satellite imagery, the inverted colors of the plane crash before the dip into its realistic colors is a punctuation in its overall new way of seeing. Gunfights are decidedly post Matrix in motion control and tempo but taken to an extent that it's practically musical choreography, blocks of mass movement…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    The psychedelia overture really trains the viewer to another level of aesthetic and auditory focus which serves what follows. Whether it's the natural pastoral, gloomy crowded streets, or otherworldly chamber, throughout minimal elements point toward aesthetics of sensation.

    Pinpoint of light emerges from surrounding darkness, metronomic pops are bracketed by sharp silences (and synthesized thriller "girl" "danger" stabs).

    The female alien devouring male prey/victims story is narratively decontextualized and distanced to achieve an immediacy of recognition. The pin-up movie star…