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  • Love, Death & Robots: The Tall Grass

    Love, Death & Robots: The Tall Grass

    ★★½

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

    Here's my problem with Love, Death & Robots: it takes its own premise – "animation for grown-ups" – way too seriously. Or rather, its conception of "for grown-ups" seems to be that of a 13-year-old boy.

    The Tall Grass, the best of these I've seen so far, is set up like an atmospheric little Gothic short – a train journey through the vastness of the 19th-century American prairie, interrupted by spectral apparitions in the night – and it wears that very…

  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★★

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

    Much has been said (and for very good reason) about the final scene of this movie, and the final shot in particular – Song Kang-ho turning to the camera as if to search the audience for the elusive, "ordinary"-looking murderer, who, in 2003, had not been caught yet. But watching Memories of Murder for the third time, I was struck by how that final shot is essentially a replay of a moment in the penultimate sequence: there, Song's character is…

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  • Josep

    Josep

    ★★★★½

    ZFF 2020 #31

    "We can't all have been Spanish republicans."

    This one really floored me. Beautiful, heartbreaking, harrowing, and endlessly imaginative in its portrayal of coping with trauma through art – and in its unearthing of a forgotten historical injustice that could not be more relevant today. Aurel's careful unpacking of the work needed to truly defeat fascism – and how political relativism and apathy open the door to autocracy and genocide – makes for some of the most potent antifascist cinema I've seen recently.

    No pasarán.

  • Enforcement

    Enforcement

    ★★

    ZFF 2020 #10

    I guess there's an attempt there to play to every possible bias and to not let things devolve too much into gritty "thin blue line, someone's gotta do it, ride along and see for yourself" copaganda. At least it occasionally pays lip service to the idea that modern policing is riddled with systemic and personnel issues that are hard to truly reform (but softens the blow with some embarrassing bothsidesism).

    Ultimately though, this is too much in…