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  • The Beach Bum

    The Beach Bum

    ★★★★

    when zac efron started rolling around on his heelys, i shouted "OF COURSE". i found spring breakers to be a screeching slog and this to be extremely bonkers fun. i'm thoroughly debauched. 2019 is the year of the greasy mcconaughey. i can only imagine what's happening at college parties where this is playing in a corner.

  • American Factory

    American Factory

    ★★★★★

    The high of watching this movie honestly take on the crushing of unions, the dehumanization of labor towards greater speed and efficiency, the way that capitalism and the profit motive is the one thing that does not make for a significant culture clash (just maybe the severity of its brutality), was immediately sobered by the short "conversation with the Obamas and the filmmakers" segment that queued right after. Rather than focus on the inherent conflict between labor and management, of…

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  • Minority Report

    Minority Report

    ★★★★

    it's crazy that janusz kaminski's sole direction to his camera crew for the entire shoot was "brighter!!! grainier!!! BRIGHTER!!!" an insane looking movie, beams of light coming through windows that are the size of large bookshelves. and god dammit, i miss the grain of film.

    spielberg's take on blade runner, a bright noir. some funny outdated notions of the distant future (there will still be malls? jetpacks?) with some pretty telling ones (targeted, eye-triggered advertising, albeit in a different form…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★½

    "What are you thinking? How are you feeling? What have we done to each other?"

    A treatise on the faces we put on for other people, the media, the cameras, and most importantly, the person we share a bed with. The persona that is so vibrant and willing in the first months and years of dating, slowly fading away to reveal the true, the unwilling, the mediocre personality underneath. The emotional unavailability of men. The expectations and confines of relationships…