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  • Black Roses

    ★★½

  • House of Gucci

    ★★½

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    ★★½

  • No Time to Die

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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 ever write about so I might as well include this as an addendum. The last entry was an attempt to understand a singular experience by couching it in formalized ideas…

  • 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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  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★½

    Given Ridley’s usual predilections toward exploring institutions of power, this seems limited in scope and dull as a narrative. Tonally it slides around this weirdly liminal tone between a potentially libelous comedy and serious drama. Neither end seems particularly justified, but as a comedy of accents, acting, and needledrops – or at least as a documentary of its own making – this is reliably bozoissimo, for a while anyway. Something’s up when the assignment sinks to meet Jared Leto – “You were a comedian in a former life.”

  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

    Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

    ★★★

    Lol, where’s my Johannes Roberts hive? A little surprised I ended up on the upper end of impressions on this given his trajectory over his last two films. Taken on the whole this is messy and inelegant, but we all make a lot of allowances for roughness in horror. In some sense this is a fan service course corrective from PWSA reassembling the constitutive elements of the Resident Evil series for his own auteurism (a lore rabbit hole like Lisa…

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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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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★½

    Aviation law has its roots in the ancient codes of maritime law. The idea was that the sea was analogous to the sky, with like currents and streams, and once the air entered the realm of navigation, taxonomy and customs of water travel were adapted as framework. Space law has followed from this. We lay the grammar of the familiar atop the uncharted. We could say the Moon and Mars in Ad Astra have “terrain”, even though the word carries…