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  • Faces Places

    Faces Places



    First Varda. Though forgiving zeitgeist (2017 already seems like a way thicker movie year than 2018-- still playing crucial catch-up), perhaps not the wisest entry point. I understand much of the pleasure in Varda's work is oeuvre based, and that there's a joy in simply watching her memedom march on through the years (kinda like Herzog, though I gather we boys have turned on him). Anyway, had I been Anges-literate, It's possible I'd have liked her film less, as…

  • Shutter Island

    Shutter Island


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


    Thought I knew the twist for this, and Dennis Lehane has always been a pop-lit blindspot, so I burnt through the novel in an afternoon before queuing this up after dark (I knew half the twist-- not the clever part, thankfully). Turned out to be the best case scenario where you're equally glad to have the book and the movie; without deviating from one another in any distracting ways, they do different things. Tethered to Teddy/Andrew, the book functions…

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  • The Duke of Burgundy

    The Duke of Burgundy



    Showed this to my father. He was bored by it. I explained to him that the fact that he loves me enough to watch any film I want him to is what the film is basically about. He said "No Julian, it's about lesbian lepidopterists."

    It's still a masterpiece, Dad.

  • Mustang




    Hot Take 1: The Great Escape + The Virgin Suicides = me underselling the fuck out of this movie.

    Hot Take 2: A beautiful, ten-legged monster is sliced up by the patriarchy, but bravely refuses to bleed.