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  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★½

    The movie that most suffers in comparison to Silence is the other 2016 film by a prominent Catholic director set in the past about a young man (played by Andrew Garfield) who travels to Japan on a religious mission where he will face excruciating and painful tests of his faith—that being Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge.

    I loved Hacksaw at the time, and still do—but at the same time, the comparison to Silence reveals its message to be so simple as…

  • Another Year

    Another Year

    ★★★★★

    There were two small moments in here that felt a tiny bit *off*, and I'd like to elaborate on them:

    1) Mary, an attractive woman in her early 50s, has spent the first half of the movie flirting with Joe, her friend Gerri's much younger son. In "Autumn," Joe shows up with an (age-appropriate) girlfriend on his arm, a charming woman named Katie.

    At this point, we know quite a bit about Mary's past (she's been divorced once, she later…

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  • Brave

    Brave

    ★★½

    Looks like pure dogshit, but it is the first American children’s movie I’ve seen in a long time that tells a story that’s entertaining for children, so, yeah, the bar is that low!

  • Ibong Adarna

    Ibong Adarna

    ★★★★

    The first (of many) adaptations of the Philippine epic poem of the same name, this was an absolute delight: lavish sets and costumes, amusing (primitive) special effects, singing and dancing--everything! Similar in many respects to the Indian film Mayabazar, with its mixture of romance and mythology.

    One thing about the plot that stood out to me was its treatment of the female characters. All the brides-to-be start as damsels in distress, and indeed it ends with them all getting married,…

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  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    ★★★★★

    JURASSIC WORLD is to the Hollywood blockbuster what FUNNY GAMES was to the horror/thriller film.

    While Trevorrow's film is a novel idea, it's certainly not wholly unprecedented--Zack Snyder and Marc Forster attempted similar experiments with SUCKER PUNCH and QUANTUM OF SOLACE, both movies beloved by me but that failed to connect with audiences, as their Distancing Effect proved too great a burden for audiences to bear (in the latter example particularly, Forster's formal radicalism was mistaken for ineptitude). Trevorrow overcomes…

  • Tangerine

    Tangerine

    ★★★½

    The movie I saw right before this was The Revenant. Can you imagine? From that to this collection of amateur actors performing in front of an iPhone with zero fucks given about beauty or continuity, and they're reading lines from a script that likewise gives zero fucks about profundity.

    I feel like I was given a special glimpse into one of two possible futures of cinema, and oh Christ do I hope we take the Tangerine path.