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  • Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the '60s in Brussels

    Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the '60s in Brussels

    ★★★★½

    I adore these films that exist (mostly) detached from historical context while being inexorably connected to them (kind of like American Graffiti and the Kennedy assassination or The Woman Who Left and the new president and the subsequent coup). They feel so hauntingly calm, while the burden of history looms on the horizon. A month from the events of the film, the student riots begin in France, and the Vietnam war will be in full swing (the latter of which…

  • Kanal

    Kanal

    ★★★★

    Wajda puts his characters through the worst, first by condemning them all to death in the opening narration, then by sentencing them to death without glory in combat in the bowels of their now-ruined city. There is no sense of valor here, and the refugees are substantially degraded by the various trials put forth by the sewers -- the claustrophobia and disgustingness of which Wajda makes perfectly clear. His visuals altogether are pretty great, as he bluntly juxtaposes life with…

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  • Paper Towns

    Paper Towns

    ★★

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★

    MODERN EDIT: LET THIS SIT AS A CAPSULE OF HOW I WROTE IN 2014 WHEN THIS MOVIE CAME OUT. WHY THIS ONE BLEW UP I'LL NEVER KNOW.

    David Fincher loves his psychopaths.

    Gone Girl , his newest film, features plenty.

    The movie followers a couple: Amy Elliot and Nick Dunne, who are having some marital problems. On the morning of their five year anniversary, she disappears, leaving nothing but a suspiciously pristine home and a peculiar destroyed glass table. This…