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  • Three

    Three

    ★★★

    permutation conspicuously absent from that climactic song: who knows and knows not that they know is asleep; wake them (o sleeper, the daytime has come!). what transpires in daylight? miracle of the scarlet thread washed white as snow, kind of. curious about this weird positioning of leviticus against joshua, but not really. jericho’s walls don’t fall, because in three, as in (but not nearly as in) batman begins, characters only fall so they can learn to pick themselves up. i’d…

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    ★★½

    usual criticism i see’s that this gets too languid, too lavishly landscapey, during the tracking sequence, and never really recovers, but that’s exactly when the film clicked for me—it follows without the sexual specificity, a more straightforward embodiment of looming death-anxiety, of a death that never slows down, and never speeds up. no wonder hill’s so keen to slice any semi-romantic escapade past the first half-hour into montage, a mere brief respite from unending doom and dread. no matter how…

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★½

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

    i don’t like being contrarian. i mean, i love championing underappreciated films, but slamming something this immediately beloved feels awful and cynical in a way i never want to be. and i wanted so much to love this. but to me, it feels like this year’s world of tomorrow: a universally-acclaimed 101-level (and at times completely false) treatment of certain scientific ideas in service of a startlingly reactionary message. i really understand your potential objections to this characterisation, because i…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★½

    so imagine demy (but, like, only an okay version) directed detention (but, like, only an okay version) and sprinkled on its four corners the blood of badlands (but, like, only an okay version) and wrapped the whole thing up in the hide of bojack horseman (but, like, only an okay version). i adore musicals with all my heart & mind & soul & strength so please know it is with a heavy heart (& mind etc.) i must announce: this is aggressively mediocre.…