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  • Certain Women

    Certain Women

    ★★★★★

    There is a quote that made an impression on me years ago, something along the lines of "we go through life desperately willing others to love us." I've tried to track down the source, to no avail. But that, to me, is what this film is about. All of its characters are desperate for connection, any connection.

    The theme is perhaps most visibly embodied in the final scene with the the injured worker and his lawyer, in which he begs…

  • Alice

    Alice

    ★★★★★

    Tim Burton is way out of his league and he should go home.

    I enjoyed this so much I start to suspect it was somehow made for me personally. It wasn’t, I assume, but this eerie and comedic take on Alice in Wonderland is nevertheless packed with details that have an uncanny resemblance to other things I enjoy. Myst, Renee Magritte, and the “I Spy” photographs by Walter Wick all came to mind frequently. It’s also extremely similar to the work of surrealistic…

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  • The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid

    ★★★

    The Little Mermaid is notorious in feminist film criticism because of Ariel's willingness to literally give up her voice in exchange for a boyfriend, an incredibly blatant example of pernicious messaging even by Disney standards. That reading is not wrong necessarily, and I agree that this probably isn't the best film for children, especially young girls, to consume repeatedly. However, I would like to offer a basic counterpoint: not a full blown defense (because it hasn't earned one) but a…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It's fitting, somehow, that 2019 should end with The Rise of Skywalker. Everything that's wrong with the contemporary blockbuster has converged on this unfortunate film, like a pedigreed dog made sickly by generations of inbreeding.

    The saddest part is that there is a germ of a good idea here. The Rey/Ren dynamic is probably the most interesting relationship this franchise has ever seen, and the question of whether Rey would ultimately turn to the dark side never seemed like a…