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  • The Greengage Summer

    The Greengage Summer

    ★★★½

    Gorgeous cinematography by Freddie Young: purples with yellow & perfect shadows, plus every gradation of green-gold.

  • The Lost City of Z

    The Lost City of Z

    ★★

    Uneasy mixture of magpie 20th century references (that annoying slow zoom in many classical shots) and very trendy "enlightened" politics. Why is it more interesting to depict Fawcett as not really white, not like the other white men, instead of as he was: a racist Buddhist whose search for the City of Z was a search for an advanced society formed by "white Indians." The character becomes dulled by the writing, then dulled even further by Hunnam's jockish & opaque performance…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    Not a review, but a question: How could anyone see Ryan Gosling as anything other than a cautionary tale? Or, as Bront described his character, "pretentious, reactionary, a romantic fool." Those shoes! He's everything bad about post-Swingers LA. He is awful, the cheesiest person ever & so hot. Who doesn't know the pain of this type? The actor is, for the first time, perfectly cast.
    -Also, is this movie really racist? what?

  • Losing Ground

    Losing Ground

    ★★★★½

    8 1/2 but for me.

    I had no precise awareness of a gaping hole in my psyche until this movie filled it.