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  • Possibly in Michigan
  • Long Day's Journey Into Night
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Inland Empire

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  • Report to the Commissioner

    ★★★★½

  • Serenity

  • Drive Angry

    ★★★½

  • Save the Tiger

    ★★★★

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★½

    To the Boy Who Fell in Love with The Matrix at 14

    Who saw, in those opening minutes,
    Trinity leap an impossible distance
    And wanted to fly

    Who did not make the first jump
    But kept leaping regardless
    Because staying tethered
    To the building he was stranded on
    Was far more agony
    Than falling to the ground
    Time and time again

    Who, despite feeling incapable
    Of ever finding another
    Who would love him,
    Genuinely,
    Unconditionally,
    Entirely for who you are,…

  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women

    ★★★★★

    After 3 years of work, my video essay on 20th Century Women is here!

    This essay tackles the film's narrative structure and presentation, examines the film as a visual essay against the history and development of that term, and looks at its empathetic resonance through a transgender lens.

    I'm really really proud of it.

    (Special thanks to everyone who inspired me and helped me grow to become the person I am now... I couldn't have articulated what this movie means…

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  • Report to the Commissioner

    Report to the Commissioner

    ★★★★½

    Bleak as hell ensemble condemnation of the police state's subsistence on violent dehumanization of the people they police, willingness to throw one of their own to the wolves rather than face the consequences of their own actions, and racial denigration from Black cops to Black civilians. Becomes absolutely electric when it zeroes in on the impact of its collision course: a prolonged standoff in a department store elevator that takes up much of the second half of the film, allowing…

  • Serenity

    Serenity

    I want nothing more than to be a fly on the wall of the Universal board meeting where Steven Knight somehow sold an otherwise unremarkable neo-noir with the most insane twist conceit of all time. Every actor in this is trying to outdo each other in how to sell the most bonkers lines possible, the film keeps getting more and more ludicrous with its concept even after its twist reveal, Matthew McConaughey spends the entire last act chewing clean through…

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  • We're All Going to the World's Fair

    We're All Going to the World's Fair

    ★★★★

    ANNA COBB!!!!!

    Oh man, this had so many things going for it that are exactly my kind of shit:

    • Reconfigurative use of horror media such as creepypasta and the occult to center on depersonalization, depressive malaise, and the desperations of suicidal ideation
    • Meditative yet unsettlingly long unbroken takes moving across several actions/locations/points of focus
    • Unpredictable Noroi-esque genre/medium pivots
    • Scenes that could haltingly change mood on a moment's notice based on a single jarring action from the…

  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    Competent and serviceable in how it's stitched together in a way Ayer's attempt at this wasn't, but when that's all this has going for it as a leg up, it gets dull fast, revealing itself as a cynical "correction" that both snarkily acts smug in its supposed superiority to the previous film and eschews any form of personality in favor of crass gory Whedonesque edginess at odds with its sand-colored undertones and fumblings toward any kind of larger meaning outside…