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  • Mistress America

    Mistress America


    Unfairly in Frances Ha's shadow, Mistress America crackles with a nervy screwball energy that is more my cup of tea. Unapologetically a written work, and with zero chill (Frances is more balanced), but the comic timing is impeccable and Gerwig's Brooke endlessly fascinates. Sisterly competition and estrangement pervades both works, but both reconcile those differences with grace; with these sister films, I've reached the same conclusion.

  • The Future

    The Future


    Sad and nostalgic rewatch. Though this film has personal and specific meaning for me, it also uncannily captures the surreality of life in quarantine--the interior stillness and desolation of the great pause. The leads initially embrace their quarantine brimming with possibility, quickly lost to the amnesia of time dilation. Meanwhile, the future waits hopefully for its own arrival, which never comes.

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


    Renders once-potent signifiers meaningless through repetition and amplification. It's brickwall-mastered, with zero dynamic range and zero chill. It's not without virtues, as its two predecessors are not without flaws, but the net result of All These Star Wars is that, by the final hour, lightsabers were boring, and I'd never believed that possible.

  • Toy Story

    Toy Story


    Watched this for the first time, 25 years late. The dated CG is hard to ignore, but Pixar's patented use-all-parts-of-the-buffalo storytelling arrives fully-formed here.