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  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★★★★

    If Peter Greenaway was a bleeding romantic, and not a witty cynic...

    A second viewing confirms my suspicion that this is the best movie of the decade. I'm still having a tough time cracking into it and producing anything that resembles constructive thoughts. I have some problems with the play scene, which I think is the only time the film flirts with being the didactic creed it looks like in the trailer, but it's almost perfect otherwise. Maybe if I see it a third time, I'll finally have something to say.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★½

    This is almost the exact same movie as Hereditary. A slow-paced parade of self-consciously "brilliant" formalism (the upside down shot of the car driving to the commune is the most heinous example) followed by a jolt of "crazy" imagery that resembles Jodorowsky with a better budget. Aster so desperately wants his audience to think his movies are "fucked up" and "totally insane" to the point that they're everything but. Millennials got The Wicker Man we deserve.

    At least there's a Walker Brothers song in the credits...

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  • Kicking and Screaming

    Kicking and Screaming

    ★★★★

    This is pretty much my life right now. No, not hooking up with Parker Posey, but the post-graduating living with your parents, jerking off every day, being unemployed, and getting drunk as much as possible hits so close to home. Also, it's really funny. I'm not sure how I'm going to go back to Rohmer for my talky sad comedies when Chris Eigeman isn't there.

    More on this later. For now, I'm just sad as hell about my pathetic life. In a good way.

  • Taipei Story

    Taipei Story

    ★★★★

    "It cannot be said that Taipei is a modern and Western-style city, in the same way that one could affirm this of Shanghai, for example. Rather it is an example of some generally late-capitalist urbanization (which one hesitates, except to make the point, to call postmodern), of a now classic proliferation of the urban fabric that one finds everywhere in the First and Third Worlds alike." - Frederick Jameson, The Geopolitical Aesthetic

    "How was Los Angeles?"
    "It's just like Taipei."…