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  • Kiss Me Deadly

    Kiss Me Deadly

    ★★★★½

    Actual dialogue from a scene in this movie:

    Gabrielle: What's in the box?

    Soberin: Curiosity killed a cat, and it certainly would have you if you'd opened it. You did well to call me when you did.

    Gabrielle: Yes, I know. But what's in it?

    Soberin: You have been misnamed, Gabrielle. You should have been called Pandora. She was curious about a box and opened it and let loose all the evil in the world.

    Gabrielle: Never mind about the…

  • Speed Racer

    Speed Racer

    ★★★★

    A central dialectic of "class warfare," as far as I can discern, is between two models of evolution, one based on the struggle to survive and the other based on will to power, let's call the former tribal and the latter aristocratic, and the conflict between these opposing mythoi is recurrent in every Wachowski picture I've seen. Films that, as in The Matrix, repeatedly feature an aristocratic protagonist struggling to overcome tribal milieu.

    Likewise, this is the central conflict in…

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  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★½

    Small brain: Directing a self-insert movie about chasing your deathly blonde feminine ideal around San Francisco.

    Big brain: Directing a self-insert movie about directing the self-insert movie about the women you love and your projections upon them.

    Expanding brain: Directing a series of self-insert movies about your own neurosis where you play the protagonist, always shipping yourself with attractive women.

    Galaxy brain: Directing a self-insert movie where your character is a genius playwright who must construct a to-scale Borgesian replica…

  • La Flor

    La Flor

    Absurd runtimes are just 3D for the arthouse crowd.