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Favorite films

  • The Magician
  • Suzanne, Suzanne
  • Stranger Than Paradise
  • Tongues Untied

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  • Kokomo City

    ★★★½

  • Menace II Society

    ★★★★

  • Zola

    ★★★★½

  • America

    ★★★★

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  • Time Bandits

    Time Bandits

    ★★★★½

    My Brother-in-law, my wife and I showed Time Bandits to the nephews last night. Every adult in the room was super excited for it. The kids stayed engaged.

    I tried to wax philosophic about the joys of production design and art direction. Not sure that sunk in with them. I went on too long about practical and optical effects - building with fabrics and materials to create sets and monsters and models; manipulating inherent aberrations in lenses and in film…

  • November

    November

    ★★★★★

    Go in thinking you’re about to have an austere Estonian horror experience, end up with one of the most immersive, elegiac, bawdy, silly, beautiful, romantic folkloric fantasy films we’ve seen in ages.

    The world-building in this is absolutely wonderful, utilizing Medieval storytelling logic in a way that made me sort of swoon at times.

    It works as poetry without ever being arduous, it’s not afraid to be goofy one minute and heartfelt the next, it treats its magical elements with great sincerity, and most of all, it feels completely like the very thing it seeks to be, a fairy tale, both affecting and gleefully absurd.

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  • Kokomo City

    Kokomo City

    ★★★½

    Heart breaking to read Rasheeda Williams, aka Koko Da Doll, was killed last year, before this movie was released.

    Using personal experiences, emotional frankness, and mostly stunning imagery, “Kokomo City” aims its intentions at creating a safer world for trans women by capturing real personalties in cinematic portraiture, but also, for at least one segment, by letting the trans attracted know it’s okay to be who they are.

    I enjoyed this a lot. It’s mostly beautifully constructed and wonderfully photographed,…

  • Menace II Society

    Menace II Society

    ★★★★

    The Hughes Brothers hit the scene like a bomb, "barely in their twenties", and birthed an instant classic about of the Los Angeles underclass in 1990s America.

    Though never mentioned in the film, protagonist Caine lives in the wake of the Watts Truce, and I think that's an interesting lens through which to frame his story.

    The Watts Truce was a peace agreement between four LA street gangs; the Grape Street Crips (from the Jordan Downs Projects), the PJ Watts…

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  • Poor Things

    Poor Things

    ★★★★

    Acknowledging that this is as hollow and frothy an act of male-gaze feminism as Barbie was a corporate didactic toy commercial (I found both extremely entertaining) does not mean this movie isn’t also a gloriously weird modern cartoon parable about fathers and daughters, little girls and women, husbands and wives, lovers and enemies, sex workers and clients, cruelty and humanity, philosophy and reality, and the balance between the desire for an adventurous life and the joys of a settled one.…

  • The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

    The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

    ★★★★★

    There’s a scene about 515 minutes into this nine and half hour movie where our protagonist, Kaji - having fully made the transition from manager of a Japanese prison labor camp to POW of a Soviet prison labor camp - comes before the Russian management of the camp to answer for his attempts at democratizing the POWs.

    Kaji is, as far as he knows himself, a socialist. Many times throughout the six part filmic cycle he is referred to as…