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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★½

    Harvard boy's least embarrassing film so far.

  • Los Angeles Plays Itself

    Los Angeles Plays Itself

    ★★★★

    One of the top reviews here describes this as "maybe the most elegant, accessible, and exacting piece of film criticism ever." That's about how I'd put it if we were talking about Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer; but this is pretty great, too. King's sardonic, at times almost caustic voice-over — starkly different from Dean Stockwell's earnestly melancholy delivery — is a perfect fit for Andersen's ornery observations.

  • Cuadecuc, Vampir

    Cuadecuc, Vampir

    Vampirocracy, a tale of two Francos.

  • The Sandwich Man

    The Sandwich Man

    ★★★½

    I'm my son's big doll.

    A clear-eyed look at Taiwan's struggle with modernity and imperialism throughout the '60s. The ideas and form seem a little basic compared to something like, say, The Terrorizers less than 5 years later, but I'll chalk that up to a myriad of reasons, like the chosen structure (omnibus vs feature-length narrative) or even timeframe, that have little to do with the talent of everybody involved. Speaking of which: It's a shame that Tseng Chuang-hsiang and…

  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★★

    Gonna say this is a very fine example of a "three great scenes, no bad ones" type of film and leave it at that for now; needs a revisit, hopefully with a less, uh... enthusiastic audience. Floored by the last scene, despite knowing what would immediately come afterward. Will say this, though: I can't imagine coming home from this thinking its ambiguous politics come not with intent but shoddy filmmaking/understanding of said politics, and that they don't merit further exploration.

  • Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company

    Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company

    ★★★½

    "It’s odd, ‘casual’ means ordinary but fatal accidents are also called ‘casualties.’”

    The title is a cheeky joke on Godard's part — the "rise" is entirely absent from the equation — but this disparity is also key in (my) understanding (of) the film. Joke's on you if you thought TV did the movies in, and not the movies themselves; one gorgeous but empty superimposition at a time.

    P.S. Jean-Pierre Mocky's wife's name in this is Eurydice... lmao u wild for this one jay-el

  • All That Heaven Allows

    All That Heaven Allows

    ★★★★★

    Life's parade at your fingertips.

  • Night and Day

    Night and Day

    Zooms that'll make ya swoon!

  • Westerly Wind

    Westerly Wind

    Lol this is like the Sokal affair except legitimately hilarious

  • All I Desire

    All I Desire

    ★★★½

    Riverdale: Class of 1910

  • In the Shadow of Women

    In the Shadow of Women

    ★★★★

    Like a super melancholy take on While We're Young, except funnier — not on a moment-to-moment basis perhaps, but in more cosmic terms. Lover for a Day felt like it should be immediately followed up with a second viewing; this one goes a step beyond by making it clear you can (and need to) do this with the sound off.

  • Ishtar

    Ishtar

    ★★★

    In my humble opinion, Netflix should consider giving Elaine May $200 million so she can write and direct a reboot of this starring The Chainsmokers.