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  • Door 3

    Door 3

    ★★★½

    Kurosawa's pre-Cure intrigue, a mash-up of It Follows and Inland Empire. Like the former, it essentially uses an STD metaphor, right down to the slow-moving emotionless bodies that stalk our protagonist. Of course, Kurosawa has always been one to avoid usual bumps in the night. He uses axial hard cuts in the découpage to present the zombie-like beings; their stillness in flat presentational framing essentially is what makes them terrifying. When a shot of a character we have known to…

  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★★★

    Discussed briefly on the latest episode of the podcast. His most character-centric film since The New World and maybe his best since then as well. One thing I forgot to mention is I love how eclectic the soundtrack is. Malick doesn't reserve himself to one style to tell this story, but a multiplicity that helps the film feel like one set in the direct here and now as well as in a timeless mode.

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★

    For years, Hollywood and the surrounding Culture Wars have asked a question: Do Critics Matter? It's a frankly boring question, but the main anxiety has developed out of a growing disconnect between Rotten Tomatoes Favorites and the American Box Office. But Disney and their expanding intellectual properties have put a new spin on this story: critics don't matter, but studios deliberately position / design films to harness their words in order to enter The Cultural Conversation. Their movies are no…

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★★

    I could talk about how this film's structure finally achieves the blissful melancholy that has been at the heart of all of Wes Anderson's films. I could talk about the precision of his framing and tracking shots, and how often he finds visual comedy through a perfect edit, or the slight entrance of new material into the frame. I could talk about how depressing the film is, the hints of both a traumatizing past, and that in a way, Sam…