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  • Archipelago

    Archipelago

    ★★★★½

    startlingly good.

    maybe doesn't hold the shattering pathos of unrelated, but goes beyond in its complexity. hogg directs with such brevity but somehow patience too; her watchful eye cringes omnisciently, brooding at the impossibility of family, the incompatibility of our half-efforts towards getting along. each character is as fantastically well observed and rich as you will see in cinema, treading nimbly, expertly, the fine line between dialogue that is plainly expository and that which is frustratingly opaque or inconsequential. lines, expressions, micro-actions reverberate with freudian mystery. this is everything a film should be.

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★½

    its good fun. not top level coens: a little indistinguishable from tarantino at times, but charming and entertaining nonetheless.

    here is my dissection of some of the socio-political sentiments behind the film (writtten for film class, hence fucking capitalisation):


    In ‘The Gal Who Got Rattled’, the Coen Brothers use the classic Western convention of the stage coach to comment on the irony of the nationalistic response to immigration in the Trump era. In this segment, Zoe Kazan as the righteous…

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  • The Darjeeling Limited

    The Darjeeling Limited

    ★★★★★

    Fuck. I should never have dismissed Anderson as superficial; an entry-level auteur or whatever other pseudo-intellectual shite I probably once came out with. I thought he was a director whose films you think are great at first but then realise are hollow and silly or something.

    Upon second viewing, The Darjeeling Limited reveals itself. On the surface it's a quirky comedy about the reuniting of three sad-eyed, wayward brothers dealing with loss - kinda like Sideways but in India. Below…

  • Old Joy

    Old Joy

    ★★★★½

    just the title, just the title, old joy, man, is enough.

    sentimental, but in a rare, graceful, understated way. fuck melodrama, kelly reichardt makes movies about real people, and they hit home hard.