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  • Sada

    Sada

    ★★★★★

    "What we professional liars hope to serve is the truth." - F For Fake

    Rachel Rabbit White's poetry collection Porn Carnival includes a short poem about Sada Abe which reads like a text message conversation. The poem suggests that Sada Abe did nothing wrong in choking her lover to death and then cutting off his dick, joining the long history of reverence for Sada, or at least who she is perceived to be. This film echoes this, fully indulging in…

  • Dark Waters

    Dark Waters

    ★★★½

    haynes’ characteristic thoughtfulness appears in fits and starts but this largely feels like the result of someone else calling the shots (markus “the buffalo” ruffalo perhaps?). where it works is showing the physical devastation wrought by dupont; parkersburg looks like a warzone. ruffalo can’t get away from playing the downtrodden hero in order for a character to emerge, which hurts the impact of the later victories. but when he’s buried in documents, circling words on corporate memos, the movie is…

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  • Velvet Goldmine

    Velvet Goldmine

    ★★★★

    Basically, when a movie starts out saying that Oscar Wilde was brought here by aliens and then plays Brian Eno over the opening credits, it's so much My Kind Of Shit that I can't help but be won over. I've never liked Bale more than I did in this movie.

  • Tangerine

    Tangerine

    ★★★★½

    The lives of people who live on the margins are extremely difficult, but they're also full of moments of beauty, of grace, of humor. Often, marginalized people are forced to make these moments ourselves, to find beauty in the abject, to laugh at the all the bullshit. "God gave me a penis. That's pretty damn cruel, don't you think?" Sin-Dee casually quips. We have to make the best of things, and we have to do it for ourselves, because the…