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  • Serenity

    Serenity

    ★★

    A wonky virtual reality techno-thriller that just doesn't quite work. Good performances from the principle cast at least... had it not had the VR framing device, it would've been fine.

  • Voyeur

    Voyeur

    ★★

    I wasn't sure where I wanted this story to go when I started, but for it to get mired into fact-checking drama of a book publication, it really petered out.

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  • Ride Your Wave

    Ride Your Wave

    ★★★★

    Seen at Animation is Film 2019.

    I love Masaaki Yuasa's stuff. This is his most mainstream offering, I think, in that it's a story of young love entangled with a strange supernatural conceit. Yuasa doesn't really do subtlety, and perhaps that injures the effectiveness of the film, but I found it to be the most emotional of his feature offerings. Much more grounded than Lu Over the Wall, not as freewheeling as Night is Short, Walk on Girl, but more…

  • How to Make an American Quilt

    How to Make an American Quilt

    ★★

    Look, I'm Winona Ryde-or-Die, but this left me feeling unfulfilled.

    As we travel through a patchwork of moments of these characters' lives (Patchwork! Quilting! I figured out your thing, movie!), we're left wondering what it wants us to be absorbing. Is it about infidelity? Lack of communication? Connecting? Not connecting? Love? Lust? Consequences? Getting away with things? All of that? None of that? Arts and crafts as therapy???

    I liked the music, at least.