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  • Medusae

    Medusae

    ★★★★

    A filmmaker working on the documentary about the mysterious disappearances of first-born children in a coastal town in the Philippines has her own son mysteriously disappear. This is a really unusual film that really defies description. The plot is pretty straightforward but it goes into all sorts of weird directions involving myths and legends involving the sea as well as a mysterious cult. Can I describe it as David Lynch-like? Eh, yes and no. Without a doubt inspired but this…

  • Loveless

    Loveless

    ★★★★½

    This is the latest film from a director I like whose name I can't spell without copy-pasting from IMDb/Wikipedia. After he hears that his parents are divorcing and think he's a burden, a 12-year-old boy runs away and disappears. His parents look for him but confront the truth that they may think they're better off without him. Trust Russia to make a film about an unspoken issue for some people that may open deep wounds in the human psyche. This…

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  • Crumb

    Crumb

    ★★★★½

    An endlessly fascinating documentary on controversial cartoonist/comic book artist/satirist Robert Crumb. We get a peek into his life, his work and his family (among his brothers, as it turns out, HE'S the normal one.) You need not be a fan or even be familiar with his work to be fascinated by this remarkable documentary. It gets kind of personal, uncomfortable, shocking and sometimes really funny. Terry Zwigoff creates a fascinating document of a truly remarkable and unique artist. It must be seen by anyone even remotely interested in art.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Whoah. This is an intense, exhilarating (just like the blurb in the posters say) film. An ambitious young jazz drummer gets tormented both physically, psychologically and emotionally by a brutal teacher who pushes him beyond his limits in order to realize his full potential and achieve greatness. What follows is not an emotional, feel-good inspiring tale (well, not-so-much) but a brutally honest examination of what it means to achieve one's ambitions. The buzz around JK Simmons' performance is well-earned, IMO…