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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    Gosling's character makes a big huff about jazz-- a dynamic art that has changed and morphed many times over the years-- and how it's dying. Never mind that the notion that jazz being on the verge of dying is fatalistic bullshit, despite this supposedly lingering fact, his character is also staunchly bound by tradition, despite the people he holds up as idols NOT sharing that sort of attitude. He cares more about who sat on a stool than he does…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    When we try to come together, what we REALLY do is just redraw the divisions by which we identify ourselves. Thing is, it's said divisions that make us individuals. Our desire to be one with each other is at odds with our desire to be "me." Once you lay down the things that comprise your identity, you're also saying "other peeps are not that," and that will keep us from ever REALLY understanding one another. The only thing we CAN…