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  • Breathless
  • Pump Up the Volume
  • Dark Passage
  • And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool.

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  • The Last Days of Disco

    ★★★

  • All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

    ★★★

  • Mirrored Mind

    ★★★

  • Stars at Noon

    ★★★★

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  • Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★

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

    On the one hand, the 'magic of cinema' montage at the end was cringe as hell and reverse engineering a bunch of references to Singin' in the Rain seems like weak historical fiction writing... but on the other hand Chazelle does capture the way watching Gene Kelly perform singin' in the rain feels like seeing the face of god, the stargate from 2001, the possibilities of cinema.

  • August in the Water

    August in the Water

    ★★★★

    Hazuki Izumi (Reno Komine) stands on the edge of a rooftop looking out at the city beneath her. A clutter of competing architecture styles and buildings at various points of development: scaffolding, newly-built, maturing, declining, abandoned, condemned. Traffic lights glow, cars drone, and roads curve. A web of powerlines connects every part of the city. Hazuki is deep in thought, contemplating something or other, almost as if she’s listening to something we can’t quite hear. Her friend Mao (Shinsuke Aoki)…

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  • Mission: Improbable

    Mission: Improbable

    Best Supporting Actor: John Woo

    Also seems like the seed that would become Tropic Thunder.

  • The Mudge Boy

    The Mudge Boy

    ★★★★

    A thoughtful film about masculinity. Honestly told, which made it an uncomfortable watch. After finishing it, I was depressed and thought it was only ok. I found myself thinking about it a lot and came to appreciate its resonance.