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  • Ishtar

    Ishtar

    Talkhouse was kind enough to let me share my thoughts on Ishtar and the punk Elaine May! 🤟🏻 💘 🤟🏻

    Fellow Letterbox-heads, check out the piece and, whatever you do...do not watch Ishtar!

    Long live Elaine May!

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★★

    Da 5 Bloods is a genre-bending, psychedelic exploration of the living casualties of war. In Lee's masterful strokes, he doesn't shy from filling his frames with annotations to the war genre, from Fuller to Coppola to Huston. Think Apocalypse Later.

    If I had to describe it to someone, it's like The Act of Killing meets The Treasure of Sierra Madre meets Last Flag Flying. Yes, that's a wide net of references - and some admonish Lee for even attempting the…

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  • Turning Red

    Turning Red

    ★★★½

    Lots of this worked for me as a Toronto native. It's hard to subtract the inherent nostalgia for the Skydome and Daisy Mart from its whole. I never dreamed of gliding through the city I grew up in, in the soft neon lush Pixar pallets.

    Shi is a wonderful storyteller, who really laser-focuses on the conflict in her story to the point of burning through the rest of the story somewhat. What do I mean by that? I mean there's…

  • Songs from the Second Floor

    Songs from the Second Floor

    ★★★½

    Andersson proves again that he is a master of the visual language. He works in symbols, gestures and arcane imagery to evoke a depressive sentiment about suffering, religion and God. This is perhaps the most Scandinavian film I've ever seen of the 21st century. It is sucked, with Gilliam-esque suction, into the vacuum of antiseptic atheism in the post-Secular age. Once all of our Gods are dead, we sit at a boardroom closely inspecting a crystal ball, seeking answers. In…

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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★½

    Remember growing up, the kid in the class who was the loudest, the one that would remind you that he was listening to “Loft Music” before House of Balloons even dropped, the one that liked Adam Sandler ironically, the one that came into class with the Air Jordans XX2s that their dad bought them but boasted how “he stole them from the back of a truck”?

    Uncut Gems is kind of like that kid. Its relentlessness makes sure you know just…

  • Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

    Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

    ★★

    So let me get this straight...you spend 4 hours on Jeffrey Epstein without once touching upon:

    1. The medical examiner being the same person who tagged JFK, George Floyd, and MLK Jr.

    2. Judge Berman, who sentenced Epstein, being buddies with Bill Clinton

    3. Ghislaine Maxwells well documented international connections (especially within the UK and Israel)

    4. The millions of dollars that flooded into Epsteins dormant offshore account after he died and then magically disappeared

    5. The hushed trial and…