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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    faith and science, despair and hope.

    can god forgive us for what we have done to the planet? is it a part of a plan, or a punishment? the line is blurred between faith and fact for some. what you believe can feel like fact, what is fact can feel like faith. they aren’t mutually exclusive: there can be faith in fact, and fact in faith, but how do you go about doing right by both? alleviate the fear of…

  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    art is expansive. art is defined as a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts, expressing the author's imaginative, conceptual idea, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. 

    art can truly be anything. paintings, music, architecture. art can also be a justification for just about anything: including murder.

    there is a central conflict in the house that jack built. a self-critique, maybe a shaming of this justification. how impulsivity…

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  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    So sorry. This isn’t a real review, or at least it’s not like most of my reviews. It’s probably incoherent since I haven’t slept, but most likely I’ll write something more profound after I rewatch it this weekend.

    I drove past my old high school on the way home from Booksmart, around midnight. Graduation was either today or yesterday: I didn’t realize until I was home that I officially graduated last year on the day, May 23rd. I missed the…

  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    Documentary is informative. Narrative has a plot, it can be as light or dense as possible. Concert film is concert film. It is a concert: like attending a concert but the vision is clearer and the audio is better. While meeting the base requirements of a film, Stop Making Sense is not a film, it's a synthesized performance, bottled lightning, injected directly into the vein. A strike, a transference.

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  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    I love films that don't explain themselves: that don't spend a quarter of their runtime in exposition or establishing rules. It's much easier to suspend reality when there isn't that divide, when the film isn't blatantly saying, "we know this is not reality, and this is how it isn't reality". It's wasteful filmmaking. What will you remember, a dialogue-driven scene walking the audience through sci-fi mumbo-jumbo, or a giant, magical flying creature appearing at a bus station? Searching for answers within the frame is half the fun. Being swept away like those kids is magic.