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  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • Death by Hanging
  • Bless Their Little Hearts
  • Full-Court Miracle

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  • There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

  • Mysterious Skin

    ★★★★½

  • Beau Travail

    ★★★★

  • RRR

    ★★★★½

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    Undeniably timeless. The genesis of accelerated modern American capitalism; corrupted souls baptized in black gold, bubbling and bursting out from under the vast open fields of the west, a system that rewards ruthlessness and greed personified by DDL’s Daniel Plainview. This is definitely a departure for PTA at the time to make this kind of intense character study, but with the kind of performances he’d get out of his actors it was only a matter of time before we get…

  • Mysterious Skin

    Mysterious Skin

    ★★★★½

    Deals with the touchiest of subjects—repressed trauma and child sexual abuse—in a way that’s both unflinchingly, blood-curdlingly honest and compassionate/delicate which is a difficult balancing act to pull off, possessing a level of emotional complexity you kinda need to make this work the way it does, otherwise it’d just be exhausting misery porn. tbh the moment I heard those ethereal Robin Guthrie guitars in the soundtrack was a big yesss moment that sealed the deal. 

    Also, I need everyone to know how fucking phenomenal Joseph Gordon Levitt is in this, holy shit. 

    Pride Month #3

    9.25

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  • Lenny Cooke

    Lenny Cooke

    ★★★½

    The first portion of this movie plays like a very good, if unspectacular, installment of the 30 for 30 series. The footage is presented really well and the subject matter itself is compelling. Also, it's great to see early footage of players like Lebron, Melo, Wade et al performing at the same level as Cooke. Big Hoop Dreams vibes.

    The final third or so of the film--the footage that the Safdies filmed themselves--is pretty incredible. It's like this really sad,…

  • Good Vibes at the Iowa State Fair

    Good Vibes at the Iowa State Fair

    ★★★½

    Virgil pensively hitting his juul as Epstein’s suicide is discussed. Andrew Yang eating a turkey leg. Tulsi being asked about American imperialism. A pig named Border Wall. Nothing but good vibes at the state fair baby

    An ominously scored, grotesque slice of sweaty heartland Americana capturing the absurdity of having this kind of horseshit political theater in the middle of a mess of pyramid schemes, nauseating food, and dead industry. About as astute, angry, and funny as anything on the…