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  • Blaze

    Blaze

    ★★★½

    I like that it’s structured like one of Blaze’s meandering jokes, especially the punchline.

  • Scorpio Rising

    Scorpio Rising

    In Kenneth Anger's 1949 short Puce Moment, a silent film actress lovingly flips through a rack of multicolored gowns. She chooses one, applies perfume, and prepares to go out. Anger captures the solitary pleasures of assembling a persona, focusing on the reverie of the ritual. With Scorpio Rising, Anger once again begins by fetishizing vanity, only shifting from feminine cultural codes to masculine ones. He also shifts from the subjective pov of the silent actress, to a more objective gaze…

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  • La Région Centrale

    La Région Centrale

    ★★★★½

    1. The Introduction
    Around two-thirty on Sunday afternoon Chantel Akerman stepped out of a car with a grin as wide as one of Chris Marker’s cats. She looked at the long line of people waiting to enter the Light Industry for a rare showing of Michael Snow’s LA REGION CENTRALE. “Wonderful! Is so good to see so many people. You will all love it!” She walked down the line smiling and waving, excited to introduce a film she considers one…

  • Rise of the Guardians

    Rise of the Guardians

    ★★★

    During kids' movies like RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, I often find myself distracted from the film by hosting an internal debate concerning the moral quandaries of using entertainment to perpetuate irrational beliefs. One side thinks convincing kids to believe in absurd lies by enforcing a staunch cultural importance on the notion of “belief” is a sick, callous method of intellectual dominance over children by adults. Kid, you're so dumb you'll believe any stupid shit I tell you. A bunny lays…