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  • Millennium Actress

    Millennium Actress

    ★★★★★

    Imperfect Red 

    Black ~> White ~> Yellow ~> Red : Nigredo ~> Albedo ~> Citrinitas ~> Rubedo. Alchemical refinement through essential states in perpetual rotation, a sublimating spiral. This pertains to a music/color theory* of the film I did not cover when I logged this last, one I have seen no one write about so I might as well include this as an addendum. The last was an attempt to understand a singular experience by couching it in formalized ideas and…

  • Millennium Actress

    Millennium Actress

    ★★★★★

    If On A Winter’s Night A Movie Star

    or

    Différance: The Motion Picture*


    This won’t be a true review of Millennium Actress, and to many, may not even pass legibility, let alone seem coincident to the movie. (You may depart now, reader; doubly so if you have never seen it.) A closer approximation would be that I am unpacking what this film, Satoshi Kon’s sophomore feature – and, I believe, his Rosetta Stone – means to me as a text diachronically,…

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  • Turkey Shoot

    Turkey Shoot

    ★★★½

    Lotta movie in here

  • A Snake of June

    A Snake of June

    ★★★½

    Japanese photo/sexual exposure: stalkers and shame. The view from the drain, so, get wet. As he can be, Tsukamoto’s huge artistic strokes don’t thematically coalesce elegantly or narratively coalesce period but rather exceed his frames for a baseline restless energy. The unmotivated blue-tint, non-stop elemental rain, lack of master shots, edgy editing and interruptive intercuts to urban vistas or a curious snail, strange conspiratorial swerves (you could call this Eyes Wide Funneled), and signature body/tech/apparel extremis frequently blur the narrative…

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  • All Dogs Go to Heaven

    All Dogs Go to Heaven

    My dog passed today. Was emotionally and physically sore after I dug his grave, and wanted something comforting, and dog related, to put on. Probably haven’t seen this since a pre-Kindergarten VHS, but Bluth’s imagery has stayed with me practically my whole life, so why not go back to the well. The wells came up alright. Just what I needed. 


    This is surprisingly classical (Cabin in the Sky meets a gangster picture), also really good. You can’t keep a good dog down




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  • Garden State

    Garden State

    ★★

    For risk of anaphylactic cringe, I would advise against eating a Little Debbie quirk cake 16 years out of date. This was an indie cultural touchstone when I was a teenager (that I mercifully missed, and am now come late to the bashing) but by the end it’s unmistakably just a facsimile of a movie: stacked tropes in a trenchcoat shambling by in mop-pole locomotion. This may be a case of ignorantly myopic hindsight on my part to not extricate its…