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  • Coco

    Coco

    ★★★★½

    I laughed, I cried, I thoroughly approved of the destruction of the "good artist/good human - choose one" trope.

  • Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

    Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

    ★★★

    Meets the basic requirements of a Joan Didion documentary, but no replacement for reading SLOUCHING TO BETHLEHEM or THE WHITE ALBUM instead.

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★

    Saw this weeks ago but been under NZ embargo, and suspect my reaction would be even more positive if I had written a review at the time and/or hadn't been worn down by the haters, who are legion and seem to take enormous pride in their position. I sincerely get that there are flaws in this film, and I have zero issue with someone filing their "not for me" review and moving on, but I also fully believe that there…

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★½

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

    For about 80% of the time, I was grooving on this based on what I clearly understood the metaphor to be: the balance between domestic life and relationship v. the industry demands, with the house the physical representation of their relationship, complete with structural flaws that can never be covered over no matter how hard you try. I suspected, in fact, it was a self-excoriating look at how Aronofsky's relationship fell apart just as BLACK SWAN took off, through a…