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  • Kékszakállú

    Kékszakállú

    ★★★½

    Watched this twice for an upcoming piece for The Film Stage! Each time spawned radically different interpretations.

    I'm getting very tired about writing about this movie, but I think its fascinating how well this disguises its bleakness. With all of its ingrained sadness and complex shifts, the fabricated idyll of youth and the distressed independence of adulthood are executed as if they were both just a casual dream -- never being as nightmarish as would seem. Even as storm clouds…

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★½

    Gone are the complex moral systems of the last two films that marketed the concept that both apes and humans shared the capacity to be both good and simultaneously bad! This is war: there is no dimension in good or evil anymore -- the humans all suck, and the apes all deserve better! Trust Matt Reeves to explain exactly why, with audacious scenes in complete silence that follow the --gasp-- apes (which I concede is quite bold, even if it…

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  • The Circle

    The Circle

    ½

    Watch Emma Watson and Tom Hanks give a 2-hour TED Talk about why privacy is bad, I mean good, I mean bad? and about why freedom is good, I mean bad, I mean good?

    Watson plays that girl in high school that sucked up to the administration, if that girl in high school also hosted one of those Youtube daily vlog channels. Everybody else has too much dialogue to just be a plot device, but not enough meaningful dialogue to…

  • Paper Towns

    Paper Towns

    ★★

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