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  • First Cow

    First Cow

    I love this film. I love Reichardt’s nod to Varda’s Vagabond/Sans Toit ni Loi - we know from the opening sequence how the film will end, but spend the rest of the film falling for Cookie and King-Lu and hoping against hope that it will turn out another way. I also love the signals that immediately establish the kind of people these two are. I loved Cookie the moment he flipped over the stranded lizard - there isn’t a question…

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    I liked this movie when it came out. The stylistic flourishes and the soundtrack still hold up (though there is not enough Plumtree!) But none of the female characters are actual people - manic pixie dream girl/damsel in distress, little girl with a crush/exoticized Asian, ball breaking ex with the audacity to have chosen success and career over slacker boyfriend... This movie didn’t invent these cliches. But they make it harder to enjoy.

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  • Edge of the Knife

    Edge of the Knife

    We are so damn privileged when First Nations storytellers opt to share their stories outside of their communities. These are the stories we tried to kill, to silence. But they are as resilient as their tellers. In the intro to the film, directors Edenshaw and Haig-Brown explained that the wildman story was often told at the beginning of a potlatch. Someone transgresses, doesn’t follow protocol. A traumatic event ensues and the man literally goes wild with guilt and grief. His…

  • Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

    Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

    Is it terrible that I just want to quit my job, drop out of school and spend my days tracking down and reading everything Joan Didion ever wrote?