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  • Lady in the Water

    ★★★★½

  • Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

  • Annie Hall

    ★★★

  • Jade

    ★★★★½

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  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★½

    one of the most reddit “films” i’ve ever seen. the ultimate “I CLAPPED BECAUSE I KNOW THAT REFERENCE” movie. felt like I was watching Spiderman fanfiction written by a 3rd grader. just totally shallow and contains nothing interesting thematically beyond “REMEMBER THIS!?” even in the potentially emotional moments, the emphasis is on the reference rather than any real meaning beyond a callback to something. there’s no deconstruction or anything interesting happening. any growth that Peter has in this film is…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

    a precocious riser and grinder child lives out the american dream of starting random businesses that somehow actually make money and flirting with girls 10 years older than him. absolutely killer soundtrack, wonderful performances, gorgeously shot with such kinetic formal energy, and yet the actual proceedings are so breezy and laid back. the warmth and texture in the visuals is unreal. it feels like a hybrid between the hyperactive stylings of Boogie Nights/early PTA, and the more static, patient elements…

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  • Lady in the Water

    Lady in the Water

    ★★★★½

    collective healing from trauma through the power of art and storytelling. so many of M Night’s films are about communities, and I really see Night’s preceding film, The Village, as a perfect companion piece to this. The Village is a darker tale about what happens when a community rejects collectivism and isolates itself, whereas Lady in the Water demonstrates the healing that can come from communal mourning and people coming together. it’s easy to laugh at the silliness of the…

  • Annie Hall

    Annie Hall

    ★★★

    to get it out of the way, it’s basically impossible for me to not be thinking about Woody Allen when watching his movies, especially because of how much they truly are about him in an explicit, textual way, which has an impact on my enjoyment of his stuff. i can objectively consider the craft, but just in terms of pure enjoyment my brain cannot contain the associations between bits in his movies and his real life doings.
    the influence here,…

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    literal white savior messiahs bred through eugenics co-opting native culture while their imperialist empire harvests natural resources from the very same people. the journey of “the chosen one” as a dark, psychedelic trip that ends in violence. insanely dense on a political level, just stunning on a technical level. moody and awe-inspiring in equal measures. denis did it

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★

    not bad! I feared the worst going into a 10-years-later Scream sequel that wasn’t directed by Wes Craven, and while it does sometimes fall into the trap of becoming exactly what it’s parodying (just calling it out isn’t always enough), all in all it’s pretty fun. the modern aspects (technology, A24 fans) are mostly well-incorporated, and the kills are pretty gnarly, although they lack the suspense and craft of the first 4 films. there’s some funny stuff regarding online fan…