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  • Kubo and the Two Strings

    Kubo and the Two Strings 2016

    ★★½ Watched 11 Aug, 2016

    "The stop motion provides Kubo with integrity, but more than Laika's previous features, the images feel slick instead of tangible. While the complete CGI world of something like Zootopia gave the 'camera' a whirling velocity, the acrobatic moves here simply pull the film away from the stop motion creatures. It seems in trying to attempt to repeat the CGI standard, the sequences feel less comfortable exploring their own properties."

    Sigh. I was really excited for this so it pains me to find it just kind of barely passable. Take your kids to see Pete's Dragon. Skip the 3D for both. My review for LAist.

  • O.J.: Made in America

    O.J.: Made in America 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Jun, 2016

    "ESPN’s 30 for 30 has never attempted to radicalize the documentary form as is standard practice at Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab, and Edelman does not challenge the aesthetic per say. But he finds ways to make the form feel relevant and necessary. He may not be probing his interviewers to break them on screen and deconstruct their personalities before their eyes, but he also asks a limited set of questions speaking to specifics; where broader statements are put in the…

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  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Aug, 2013 4

    I could talk about how this film's structure finally achieves the blissful melancholy that has been at the heart of all of Wes Anderson's films. I could talk about the precision of his framing and tracking shots, and how often he finds visual comedy through a perfect edit, or the slight entrance of new material into the frame. I could talk about how depressing the film is, the hints of both a traumatizing past, and that in a way, Sam…

  • Magic Mike XXL

    Magic Mike XXL 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Jun, 2015 11

    "In the history of photography and film, getting the right image meant getting ones that conformed to the prevalent ideas of humanity. This included whiteness, of what colour—what range of hue—white people wanted white people to be....Movie lighting assume, privilege, and construct whiteness" —Richard Dyer, "Lighting For Whiteness"

    The history of Hollywood in many ways is the history of the construction of whiteness. This goes beyond simply films that have depicted African Americans in stereotypes or margnizaled their roles in…