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  • Daisy Doodad's Dial

    Daisy Doodad's Dial

    ★★★

    Putting a lot of attention into policing the boundaries of acceptable self-expression for women, are we?

    Performance-styles are well calibrated for the specific demands of this story, and the director was perfectly on-point in his use of close-ups and MCUs to capture nuance. Some very intentional filmmaking here.

  • Bill Joins the W.W.W.'s

    Bill Joins the W.W.W.'s

    ★★½

    Nominally, it's a political satire about the Wobblies, but it doesn't go ideological enough to make any impression at all.

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  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Glib and carelessly-imagined ode to privilege. I tried to ignore my distaste for the superficial artsiness of the characters, but after the scene where the blonde girl decided it would be kicks to go to a slummy-looking neighborhood and photograph sex-workers I just couldn't. Esp. when the SW were all "Hello, American Lady Woman! We love you! Come taste the wines and cheeses of my village!"

    Art is one thing, lifestyle-pimping is another.

  • Out 1

    Out 1

    ★★★★

    It's got a gun and it's got a girl, so it's cinema. I think the only thing I can do right now is transcribe the notes I made to myself while I was watching it. Sustained thought? It's usually beyond me... and I want to read up on secondary materials before I commit to anything.

    Episode 1:

    It's absolutely a sequel to L'Amour Fou -- in that one, the characters were struggling against the collapse of meaning, and in this…