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  • The House Is Black

    The House Is Black

    Wonderful, short documentary - sort of - about a leper colony in pre-Revolution Iran. I can't say I watch a ton of documentaries about leprosy, heh, but I was struck by how much, and how vivid, the symptoms of the disease are shown here. The other things I've seen tend to shy away from it, with a fleeting glimpse here or a close-up of a hand there. Farrokhzad makes sure we see clearly just what the disease does - and…

  • The Arbor

    The Arbor

    One of the best films of the century, and I truly believe that if it said, say, "Orson Welles" at the top instead of "Clio Barnard", it would be widely recognized as such.

    There are essentially two stories here:
    First, the story of Andrea Dunbar, who won a national playwriting competition at age 15 with a piece based on experiences she lived or witnessed living in a very lower-class housing project, and went on to a professional writing career (including…

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  • Peppermint

    Peppermint

    In which Pierre Morel asks, "What if Taken, but with Jennifer Garner and without the implied sexual violence?" And the answer is: about 80% as fun as that sounds on paper, however much that may be in your book.

    Garner's pretty fun as an absolutely deranged psycho - much messier than Neeson and his particular set of skills - but something about the performance, in conjunction with the makeup, kept reminding me of Kidman's transcendent turn in the masterpiece that…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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

    Well, Palpatine fucks now. That's canon.

    Did they have the second unit shoot the entire first act? I swear, from the opening crawl until they boarded the star destroyer (or whatever the hell it was), every single shot with characters in it - even a freaking helicopter shot circling a group of people - was shot at chest/face level. Every. Single. One. It was so lifeless, and artless, and un-creative. And, well, that's the movie in a nutshell. Only the…

  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    People often find me suspicious because my hands are soft as well.