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  • The White Meadows

    The White Meadows

    I'm just copy-pasting my comment from the SCFZ thread on this, because I don't have anything else to add:

    I'm a little shocked by my distaste for The White Meadows -- not only because I almost always enjoy Flip's choices, but also because Iranian cinema is so consistently well regarded in my estimation. That, combined with this one's non-realism led me to believe I'd be a fan! But, no... I honestly found it kind of juvenile, like an overeager attempt…

  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women

    ★★★★★

    implicit imagistic communique

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    A study of permanence and impermanence and the ways we internalize our emotions until they explode into a physically affecting form, an abstraction of narrative that Snyder pushes so hard it loops into and under itself, there are snapshots of other films - images people have labelled unnecessary - but this is not so much misplaced exposition as it is a myriad of secondary narratives superseding our core one - that's why the titular fight takes over an hour to…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    And this one is miraculous! Some crazy noir-action-thriller-musical built around a very basic contradiction: Elgort and James are each civilians who find themselves overwhelmed by hallmarks of distinctly opposed genres (that is, the Action Film and the Musical respectively) and spend the entire movie 'trying to get out of here' -- of course, each of them gets their wish, only to land squarely in a middle-ground between both genres! Hamm's final villainous action (you know the one...) only cemented the…