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  • One Sings, the Other Doesn't

    One Sings, the Other Doesn't

    ★★★★

    Wonderful poetic paean to female friendship and autonomy. Varda unafraid to shift between conventional melodrama, epistolary travelogue, lite propaganda, personal VO. An exploration of alternative youth culture from someone who’d been living that lifestyle 15 years before it became en vogue. Questions of motherhood, pregnancy, creativity, agency, isolation, community, family, love, business — that is The Stuff of Life — abound. Not one thoughtless shot as Varda always has the right sense of framing and how to let the camera…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

    Everything very strong
    except ending kinda moved into doofy territory 
    But still holding out for the fact it might feel like the right tone as I unpack this dense flick

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  • Assholes

    Assholes

    ★★★★½

    Went in feeling extremely skeptical and came out a big time believer. This film is much closer to the Czech new wave than "mumblecore" - expounding on ideas of love and disgust with a visual language that cannot and will not be denied. Every shot has a distinct idea behind it, every plot point is either funny or disarming. Understanding that visualizing disease and sores in the context of romance and sex is still quite transgressive, gives the movie an…

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★½

    Terrible all the way around. Casting/performances uniformally bad. 70s details stale and off. Writing tired and unfunny. Action scenes edited more like their contemporaries which means fast cuts and very little choreography/blocking. Just a tedious slog. Only decent performance was from Russell Crowe. How do you cast Keith David and underutilize him? Clearly Shane Black thought he was making his Chinatown (a movie about 70s LA conspiracy made in 2016) but can you imagine anything more stale than a porn cover up plot in a period noir piece? Give me a break! There were a few funny lines - that's it.