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  • The Souvenir
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  • Prelude 4

    ★★★

  • Twilight

    ★★★

  • Prelude 3

    ★★★

  • Prelude 2

    ★★★

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  • The Souvenir: Part II

    The Souvenir: Part II

    ★★★★★

    Among 2021’s most notable festival hits were two films following artistic women named Julie in the years surrounding their 30th birthdays. Major plot concerns include the protagonists’ fraught relationships with older men. Both films are the fifth features from their respective directors and both directors studied at the UK’s National Film and Television School. Otherwise, the extra-textual similarities stop there. One film, Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World, has become a sensation, earning Oscar nominations and critics awards…

  • Bronco Billy

    Bronco Billy

    ★★★★★

    Nearly every Clint Eastwood film evinces a more nuanced perspective than anyone fixated on the Chair Speech would care to acknowledge. None do a better job of painting Eastwood in all his complexities and contradictions than Bronco Billy. It’s a uniquely rewarding watch for Eastwood enthusiasts, a great introduction to his work, and perhaps the best possible choice for swaying a skeptic with just one film. 

    Eastwood’s underloved masterpiece centers on William “Bronco Billy” McCoy, the idealistic impresario behind a…

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  • Twilight

    Twilight

    ★★★

    Hardwicke’s use of the visual language of horror deserves more credit than it gets. I wish the three middle installments were anywhere near as good as the bookends.

  • Demolition Man

    Demolition Man

    ★★★

    Not to be the cinema sins guy, but I'm gonna have to call bullshit on that Armour Hot Dogs jingle (which assures us even "fat" and "sissy" kids eat them) would survive into Demolition Man's militantly politically correct future -- let alone as a popular favorite.

    Tons of fun all around. It really commits to its George Orwell-meets-Michael Schur world and watching both Stallone and a Jokerfied, bleach-blond Snipes do battle as raging, profane fish out of water never gets old.

    This was the Pizza Hut version. The visible Taco Bell logo and the almost Tex-Mex appearance of the food only make the film more charming.

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  • Sink or Swim

    Sink or Swim

    ★★★★★

    It felt as if the act of writing it down would make it really come true, so she used a pencil instead of her favorite cartridge pen.

    This time, the structural similarities to some of Hollis Frampton's work reminded me why I adore Friedrich's work while merely respecting his.

    While no less precise in its construction than (Nostalgia) or Zorn's Lemma, Sink or Swim is so achingly personal, so impossibly emotional, that one almost wants to read imperfections into it.…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★½

    It kind of sucks, but you know what’ll suck worse? Watching Aaron Sorkin beat Fincher for Best Original Screenplay and dedicate his second Oscar to “all the good cops out there” or some such bullshit.