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  • Alexander Nevsky

    Alexander Nevsky

    ★★★★

    A few years ago I saw an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art that featured Eisenstein as part of a cross-generational, cross-medium contrast of varying artists (Goya was one, the other a modern photographer whose name I forget). As you enter the exhibit, an entire section of the museum had been converted into a walk-in, immersive theater. Seven screens arranged next to each other, each maybe 15" feet tall, played each of Eisenstein's feature length films simultaneously. The frame…

  • Crunch Bird II

    Crunch Bird II

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It took a full four years after the first Crunch Bird for this 90 second sequel to be released, but hey, you can't rush art. Who but Ted Petok could have imagined a frog saying "shit?" The legend.

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  • Ghost Stories

    Ghost Stories

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Punishes its protagonist for the horrible crime of ... exposing frauds and exploiters?

    An attempt at an anthology style horror film with no sense for how to do the wrap around segments, wholly underwhelming with terrible dialogue delivered poorly even by a veteran like Martin Freeman.

    I'll admit to being spooked during the night watchman sequence, but even that drops the ball in its reveal. Whereas the kid who finds a demon and the rest of the jump scare laden…

  • House

    House

    ★★★★★

    Screening at the Harvard Film Archive with Obayashi in person. Best part of the Q&A came when someone asked if Gorgeous was being punished for her treatment of her stepmother or if she was simply a victim of circumstance. Obayashi's cheerful response:

    "All human beings deserve to be punished."