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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★

  • Merrily We Go to Hell

    ★★★

  • Strange Victory

    ★★★★½

  • I'm No Angel

    ★★★½

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    for a film about endless existential possibilities, this has an unexpectedly bleak worldview about how the best world is the one in which we struggle with our livelihoods and taxes and inexplicably stay with our families forever and ambiguously feel unfulfilled and unaccomplished, fighting to restore the status quo but doing nothing to improve the world we live in further and never forgetting to Be Kind because nothing really means anything and we’re all just small and stupid!! a tiresome viewing…

  • Merrily We Go to Hell

    Merrily We Go to Hell

    ★★★

    the car horn blaring over their kiss. the subsequent scene of him talking to that huge photograph. sylvia sidney’s teary face, and the cut to the wedding bells. such marriages of image and sound that convey real tension and dread. that’s cinema!!

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  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    james baldwin i’m so sorry for what this film does to you. i didn’t even laugh! and i expected some heart and emotion contained in the irony, particularly in recurring narratives about incarcerated people and their talents or predilection for art, but found none— it’s not helped by the relative shallowness of character and story nurtured by its anthology structure. i can see why people might like this, but i found it grating, particularly the animation (i actually quite liked…

  • Fallen Angels

    Fallen Angels

    ★★★★½

    this is the one i was maybe the most cautious about re its restoration as the aspect ratio change and changed colour grading is dramatic but i actually really liked it! it creates this intense fishbowl atmosphere, despite some crops and squishing, visually representing the entrapment of its own characters.

    after all, fallen angels is (as i read it) an emotionally exhausting, grungy neo-noir about loneliness, desperation, and wanting to carve out a new life outside of capitalist alienation, in…