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  • Dim the Fluorescents

    Dim the Fluorescents

    ★★★½

    Audrey (Claire Armstrong) and Lillian (Naomi Skwarna) comprise the struggling artist roles – the latter, a playwright; the former, an actress – combining to form a perfect union of collaboration, a symbiotic relationship of complementing talents. Immediately apparent from their initial performance – a heart-rending narrative highlighting how to handle grievances from a customer service standpoint – is that the nondescript walls of conference rooms are undeserving in their housing of the two’s talents. They are destined for greater things…

  • Into the Forest

    Into the Forest

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I found myself, early on, fully baffled by Into the Forest because I thought I was watching the horror film, The Forest. I kept thinking when does one of these sisters get lost in the suicide forest? When does the horror begin? I thought this for the first 30 to 40 minutes.

    This film is perpetually starting, never going anywhere until it realizes that going somewhere is something it should be doing, so...a rape.

    Two questions:
    1. and this is…

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  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    ★★★★★

    Often times certain films hold a special place in my heart, as I am sure the same can be said of almost everyone else. My memory of The Royal Tenenbaums involves a group of friends driving one hour (both ways) to Baltimore to catch it at the Charles Theater. At the time, that was the only way to see Wes Anderson’s newest film, since growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, one did not have the opportunity to see…

  • Hard to Be a God

    Hard to Be a God

    ★★★★★

    If you're ready for 3 hours of floundering in filth, staggerstumbling through the muck and mire shitscape that is Akanar, swathed in an incomprehensible steamfog, perpetually rolling through the frame, enveloping everyone and everything...Medieval times as alien...future as past...cyclical oppression and barbarinism shot through documentarian-observer style with reportage style camerawork showcasing cultural and academic destitution where the townfolk administer ladlefulls of a lacquerlike substance over an endless array of noosehung bodies transforming the swaying corpses into public ornaments sparkling in…