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  • Vanilla Sky

    Vanilla Sky

    ★★★★½

    Interesting case study, because if every major player involved was replaced by someone even 10% less famous this would be 3.5 at best.

    That is to say, what's moving here isn't the struggled and frankly fucking clumsy stirring of thought about hand-me-downs like the nature of reality and the latent potential of the human soul (there's a reason this didn't catch on like The Matrix--- the delayed reveal structure, as a delivery system for these philosophy 101 memes, is a…

  • Summer Hours

    Summer Hours

    ★★½

    Bored, for sure, but maybe I'm just bored of the thematics? Between Ghost Story and Meyerowitz last year, I guess I got a little worn out on filmmakers broadcasting "we displace unrelated emotion into other people and material objects" like it was a novel observation.
    The knowledge that this one's ten years older gave it a little good will, and it's nice to keep discovering Jeremie Renier performances (kinda just dig the way that guy looks, which is fucking weird…

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  • The Duke of Burgundy

    The Duke of Burgundy

    ★★★★½

    84/100

    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

    Mustang

    ★★★★

    73/100

    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.