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  • Tea and Sympathy

    Tea and Sympathy

    ★★★★★

    I try not to jump for the five star rating mere days after first viewing of a movie, but sometimes you just know. I did not realize this was based on a play until after I'd seen it, and I don't want to make judgments about the play without having seen it; however, many of the reviews I read after the film seemed to take issue with the lack of explicit mention of homosexuality, supposedly a sign of the conservative…

  • A Scanner Darkly

    A Scanner Darkly

    As I started to think more about this film I developed a half-baked (ayo) thesis about why the allegory in this film is kinda bullshit (mostly to do with the penultimate scene in the coffee shop) but then I talked it over with some friends and realized I was off and being dumb. Never believe people who say having conversations about movies never leads to anything and only reinforces previously held opinions!

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ½

    There's a moment early on this film that nicely summarizes Damien Chazelle's approach to music and art: Ryan Gosling, sitting at his piano, puts on a jazz record, which begins with a complicated piano riff. He stops the record, plays the riff on his piano exactly as heard on the record, messes up, then spins back the record, replays the opening, and mimics it again. It's the same methodology behind the "Play one wrong note and you DIE" premise of…

  • From Nine to Nine

    From Nine to Nine

    We on an ultra-left screed
    We on an ultra-left screed
    This is a Neil dream

    (Congrats Neil!!!)