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  • Ashkan, the Charmed Ring and Other Stories
  • Beba
  • Emma Mae
  • Nathan for You: Finding Frances

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  • Tiger Cage 3

    ★★★

  • Tiger Cage II

    ★★★★

  • Tiger Cage

    ★★★★

  • Memoria

    ★★★★★

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  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★★★

    The outside (or inside) world, and specifically one's own personal understanding of it, steadily creeps into an Apichatpong Weerasethakul film. Weerasethakul actively channels the viewer's engagement and how one approaches one of his works in a way that (truly) feels rare even amongst "art house" filmmakers. His meditative filmmaking style acts as an open invitation; his images and sounds are meant to be strictly experienced, defined by the context in which those sights and sounds are consumed by his audience.…

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    The camera stares outside the windows from within the confines of Yusuke's and Oto's home, dimly lit, viewing the sunset just as Oto rises from bed into frame. Her face is in shadow as she tells Yusuke a story, during sex, of a girl who frequently broke into her crush's apartment, taking souvenirs and leaving mementos to vaguely indicate and communicate her presence without confronting the person she is in love with and communicating her desires explicitly.

    This simple but…

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  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★★★

    Feels like being transported into another plane of existence. Escapism in cinema is one thing, whereas Weerasethakul actually opens the pathways and encourages one to truly escape somewhere with his engrossing images and sounds.

  • Boiling Point

    Boiling Point

    ★★★½

    THE BEAR and its phenomenal episode "Review" (great show; seriously, drop everything and watch it, and while you're at it watch RESERVATION DOGS too!) convinced me to finally prioritize a watch of this film, as BOILING POINT and "Review" rely on the one-take technique to capture an anxiety-ridden restaurant staff collapsing under the pressures of a particularly hectic day--to say nothing of the already hectic nature of the food industry--in the kitchen.

    I'm sure I'll have my day at cinephile…

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  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★½

    Jordan Peele's least successful film as a whole, but in many ways his most complex--certainly his most perplexing for both better and worse. If nothing else, Peele's filmmaking craft continues to soar from film to film, with Peele effectively utilizing Hoyte Van Hoytema's large-scale IMAX cinematography to create an effective build up and appropriately unsettling atmosphere for the first two-thirds. The premise Peele devises is best executed when it leans more into the unknown, less so when essentially all cards…

  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    ★½

    It’s always nice when these films don’t take themselves very seriously. That said, Waititi tries way too fucking hard to not take this very seriously.