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  • His Motorbike, Her Island
  • Cemetery of Splendor
  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn
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  • Jackass 2.5

    ★★★

  • Memoria

    ★★★★★

  • Men

  • Crash

    ★★★★★

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  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★★★

    the print looks so so different from the DCP, it's kind of startling. the colors are deeper, the highlights are dimmer, and most of all the soft focus replaces the sharp digital clarity. images that when projected digitally seemed alienating and even cold now seem rapturously mysterious. it also, and this was probably the most important part for me, makes memoria look a lot more like joe's older films. both are great ways to see the film but i was taken aback how different the experience was.

  • Men

    Men

    alex garland has made three movies about women in a row and i can't help but find it weird that his entire conception of womanhood is just about being abused and traumatized. annihilation pivots on a scene where a character lists the various traumatic histories of each of the five leads. in this film, jessie buckley's harper isn't even a character at all. her entire persona comes through implication, the idea that we're supposed to side with her because of…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    idiots will call this a staggering retelling of the myth of prometheus through the eyes of the american laborer, the fire of the gods becoming success under capitalism, an unattainable fiction that drives men to maddened violence in their pursuit

    geniuses will understand that this is a movie about getting drunk and almost kissing ur homie and then getting even drunker and tenderly holding each other as you drift off to sleep

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    Dear Evan Hansen

    probably the most remarkable thing about this film is that you really never get used to the fact that he looks like that. even in the late moments of this 137 minute film i was still jolted by occasional cuts to ben platt's puffy, doughy visage, newly horrified by his inland empire-esque facial contortions and body language that has been seen in cinema only once before: in f.w. murnau's expressionist classic nosferatu. his exaggerated hunch, hysterically twitchy hands, and latex-smooth…