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  • Witness

    Witness

    ★★½

    Had decades of resistance to seeing this despite basically every screenwriting book (in the late 90s/early 2000s, when I thought my life might go that way) using this and TOOTSIE as exemplars. Can't say I'm eager to revisit TOOTSIE after this, as while not all of the problems are script problems - Ford's just not very good here, nor are most of the actors - there's some flipping stupid stuff in this script, from Ford rumbling random black people in…

  • E-clip-se

    E-clip-se

    ★★★

    Chris Marker using people watching a solar eclipse as an excuse to fuck around with settings on his DV camera, which, sure, it's not too long and there's nice music and I have fond memories of "Nightshot" mode.

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  • 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…

  • 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…