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  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

    Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

    ★★★★

    Yellow Magic Orchestra is one of my favorite bands, so the 5 minute sequence featuring archival 80's synth footage was EXCELLENT. The rest of the film is still a fascinating insight into a genius at work. Loved seeing his process and how he still fights to make profound art. The documentary dips into heavy themes such as nuclear annihilation and mortality, but overall it has the chill vibe of hanging with a charming old Japanese man. Pleasant, a bit sleepy, but very cool.

    (Like most specific artist profiles, I don't expect this to have broad appeal, but if you're a fan you'll dig it)

  • Body Double

    Body Double

    ★★★★

    De Palma's Body Double is a hyper-stylized 80’s sleaze grab bag of Hitchcock and porn. Filmed right after Scarface, tonally different but magnificently shot. I'm in love with so many elements - the LA satire, sex & trashiness, neon lights & palm trees, awkward tension, a hideous antagonist, and most of all the theme song is perfect.

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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★

    Adorable, funny, sharp. A twee Todd Solondz for the YouTube generation that perfectly captures the awkwardness & growth of 13. Another gem from A24.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    LA LA LAND is magic. Tears beginning to end, it's a beautiful ode to dreams, movies, and love. As sharp as Whiplash, only much happier.