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  • Minding the Gap

    Minding the Gap

    ★★★★½

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

    In a late scene during Bing's first directed feature, the Rockwell, IL native asks Keire Johnson what he got out of the documentary process. He responds simply: "It’s almost like free fucking therapy."

    At a time when therapy is stigmatized and social culture is still shaped by strong-armed views of masculinity, it's easy for teens and young adults to ignore where they came from and where they are going. There aren't many outlets for them to talk about the multitude…

  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

    Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

    ★★★★

    As a standalone documentary, it's difficult to put the film's goals into words. CODA is more of a present-time capsule than a biography, and more of an exploration into a mind than a narrative of the heart. Where most would use Sakamoto's cancer as a dramatic pivot, Schible relegates it to a pinned asterisk, and it's a deceptively unsentimental piece, never mentioning remission.

    For those who, like me, are not deeply familiar with Sakamoto, you'd be forgiven for missing how…

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  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    ★★★★

    1. kitty
    2. kitty
    3. PAPA CORBETT

  • The Long Day Closes

    The Long Day Closes

    ★★★

    I don't think I would watch this again in its entirety, but Davies builds an array of complex images here, forming a collection of haunting cinematic vignettes. These images stand on their own while being interconnected by the most immaterial of building blocks—time, and the absence of it.

    Eschewing congruity and linearity, Davies substitutes diegetic audio with full symphonic pieces; overlays film clips in place of narration; and abstains from the confines of chronology with a restlessness that dissolves the…

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  • Madeline's Madeline

    Madeline's Madeline

    ★★★★

    Avant-garde filmmaking with heart and humor. Worth it for the free-flow editing and sound design alone, but Helena Howard throws in a real kicker of a monologue by the end of it.

    Really came out wanting to experience this a second time.

  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★½

    Jack says hasta lasagna at [10:30] and I haven't stopped thinking about it