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  • Mulholland Drive
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Paprika
  • Dream

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  • Titane

    ★★★

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★½

  • Introduction

    ★★★

  • Red Rocket

    ★★★½

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  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★

    A film about fluid identity and oozing with human-machine trans themes, putting The Matrix Resurrections to shame. It says something about how far these things have come in our culture when a Wachowski feels a bit tired of it and this gruesome body horror can win the Palme d'Or. It feels like they should like a good provocateur in Cannes, and Julia Ducournau fits that tradition nicely. It's certainly something that the movie has a main character with plenty of…

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★½

    The idea of another sequel in this series was never too exciting, as the original trilogy was very much of its time around the turn of the millennium. I was comfortable thinking that Wachowski wouldn't return to it unless there was some passion to develop some ideas further though. So it was disheartening when this movie immediately states that it was more about not letting someone else soil the legacy. Regardless of the ideas that follow, it's hard to bounce…

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  • 3-Iron

    3-Iron

    ★★★★½

    The first time I watched this movie I enjoyed it but wasn't blown away. I think I was expecting something more surreal after loving Dream (Bi-mong). This time around I was struck by how similar those movies are, and I'm a bit surprised I didn't appreciate it more before.

    The gradual introduction to the protagonists' world says enough about the whole movie. You get an image of the male character looking for something that he doesn't have, and then you…

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★½

    I don't understand how the Coens manage to make stories that appear cynically dark but infusing them with a warmth and humor. This story of a singer-songwriter with a romanticized self-image is a hilarious tribute to struggling artists and the way they can sabotage themselves. Llewyn Davis writes nonsensical lyrics as he hasn't lived anything to write about, since that would cramp his artistic style and not let him live. This type of warped self-image is standard for the Coens…