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  • Smithereens

    ★★★★

  • Memoria

    ★★★★★

  • Official Competition

    ★★★★

  • The Forgiven

    ★★★

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  • A Scanner Darkly

    A Scanner Darkly

    ★★★★

    “A gift, for my friends, at Thanksgiving.”

    Disturbing how well paranoid, particularly narcotic-induced, psychosis pairs with screens and operational cameras but I guess it makes sense too, the perceptual rift between eyes and lenses creates a great horror-like ambiguity. Linklater’s rotoscope on point as usual, more solid and outlined than a Waking Life dreamscape and more computational and washed out than an Apollo 10 1/2 nostalgia-trip, mixing clever camerawork with some awesome morphing effects to create a machine-eye reality still…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    Finally, the multiverse movie to end all multiverse movies. Nobody make any more after this, you’re just gonna look stupid.

    This is a movie for me because it is never not trying to be funny even when everything is shit; that’s my kind of screenplay. Yes I cried, the funny absurdity of its design services the serious/sad absurdity of the reality it pieces together and both are better off for it. By blockbuster standards it’s everything you could want and…

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  • Smithereens

    Smithereens

    ★★★★

    score and script are both dynamite on their own but Berman also conveys such a potent inner sadness to her otherwise unlikeable character that elevates this. 

    housing market rn adds a depressive multiplier to this experience

  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★★★

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

    So immense. I cannot express to you what it is, and only possibly hope to express it to you here as I am: one guy with some thoughts on another much smarter guy’s thing. 

    Memoria is like that thing where quartz inexplicably emits a wave periodically such that we can use it make clocks that keep accurate time. That’s a rock that does a thing that we had no means of perceiving for most of history — what else can(‘t)…

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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★½

    Special students-only screening and Q&A with Joel Coen and Frances McDormand. Yes, you read that right and yes, it was one of the coolest fucking things I have ever been to. Fran said she had dreamt of playing Lady Macbeth ever since doing her sleepwalking monologue in class when she was 16. Boy, did she make good on that one.

    Went in expecting Macbeth and to be a little bit like "why does this exist". Got a cinematic rendition like…

  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    ★★★★½

    The only animated faux-doc that can go toe-to-toe with Surf’s Up (2007). Vibrant matter as fuuuuck.