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  • Burn After Reading

    Burn After Reading

    ★★★★★

    We, collectively, were not ready for this in 2008. An incredibly accurate (and completely nihilistic) portrayal of the absolute buffoonery and chaos emanating from the country’s highest echelon. Don’t know if it was always like this - probably? - but it’s definitely all out in the open now and this movie was prophetic.

    Also very purely enjoyable on rewatch 11 yrs later. Don’t know what that says about me...

  • One Sings, the Other Doesn't

    One Sings, the Other Doesn't

    ★★★★½

    Very directly confronting mid-20th century women’s issues but also is a pretty timeless document about the fundamental essence of womanhood. So warm, open and optimistic. Oh, Varda <3

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  • Serial (Bad) Weddings

    Serial (Bad) Weddings

    ★★

    I laughed a few times, it's generally a positive, upbeat movie, but for all the hullabaloo about how un PC it is, it reflects a fantasy of camaraderie that is so far removed from reality that it frankly makes me a little uncomfortable how much the French love it. White rich French Catholics learn to be accepting of anyone, any race, any creed! Provided they're upper middle class, educated, secular, socially integrated. Helps if you're good lookin' too. Ultimately after the laughs subside it leaves me a little cold - even if the director meant well.

  • Nymphomaniac

    Nymphomaniac

    ★★★★½

    Seen in one fell swoop, time ceased to matter as this was a deeply engaging and well-paced film, held together by a perfect framing device and excellent performances (aside from Shia LaBeouf; I really wish the character of young Jerome would have been cast differently).

    Apart from the main focus on human sexuality I found myself very interested (and troubled) by the deliciously meta deconstruction of how as inherently selfish beings, we fail to profoundly understand each other. Deliberately or…