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  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth

    Death True (2) actually - HD rather than the beautiful VHS rip on KissAnime. I'm still deeply impressed by the sense it conveys, while edited almost completely out of sequence, of the real emotional undercurrents of the narrative - like an x-ray of the original series. even eschatology, wiping away the tears of the past, can't be separated from the memory of what it will extinguish

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★

    literally fast forwarded to the action scenes. Marisa Tomei best girl

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  • Leaving Neverland

    Leaving Neverland

    the only thing I can really say, at an aesthetic level, is I wasn't sure about the fairly frequent soaring strings & sun-soaked landscape shots. but I think those don't belong in documentaries in general, let alone one on this subject

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    to Diary of a Country Priest as Taxi Driver is to Pickpocket. but more than that, the curious sense of an emergent 'spiritual' cinema of a planet irreversibly saturated by the artificiality of human history (already presaged in Bergman's Persona, Rivette & Tarkovsky's Solaris). not a cinema of 'inner space', but one in wh/ the narrative-/image-space is an undecidable threshold between internal & external (Schrader must have been watching Twin Peaks: The Return closely). the final hard cut is as rich as that in The Sopranos: Made in America