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  • Margaret
  • Oasis
  • Babette's Feast
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  • In a Lonely Place

    ★★★★

  • The Souvenir Part II

    ★★★½

  • La Haine

    ★★★★

  • House of Gucci

    ★★

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  • Song of the Sea

    Song of the Sea

    ★★★★★

    “The world's more full of weeping than you can understand.”

    Funny this came out shortly after Studio Ghibli’s Tale of Princess Kaguya—it’s almost as if they are from the same seed, grown in different, culturally-rich countries. Drawing from their respective art, music, and folklore traditions, the films follow a young rural girl, bound to a supernatural destiny, who must reckon with the weight of the world’s grief. With so much visual splendor and tradition on display, there's a confident, timeless aura…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★

    The Witch never draws attention to its camera and operates through subtlety, digging beneath your skin by using its ideas to compound its disturbing imagery. The Lighthouse makes you always aware of its camera, has no subtlety, and doesn't really have any ideas to speak of. Sure, there's sprinkles of masculinity, of temptation, of the elusive "light," but these never really come together to mean anything. They're just there. The mythology is obvious and painfully ripped from their existing contexts…

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  • The Crucible

    The Crucible

    ★★★★

    Truly, a spectacular adaptation of Arthur Miller's masterpiece that holds its own as a piece of cinema, full of framing that brings attention to thoughtful blocking I’d have otherwise missed. Though written and self-identified as an allegory of the second red scare in the states—The Crucible asserts its classic status by extending outward as a critique of that human predilection for mass fear, where the reaction to a perceived threat is far more dangerous and consequential than the threat itself. The…

  • Over the Garden Wall

    Over the Garden Wall

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Nothing beats the surprising beauty of those final two parts, tying what feels highly disjointed and serialized into a comprehensive, weighty whole—giving even the slightest details thematic heft.

    No longer a pushover and newly confident in his identity, Wirt only discovers growth through, as the narrator initially tells us, “The Unknown: where long forgotten stories are revealed to those who travel through the wood...” We could all use more time traveling through the wood, I think.

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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★½

    It’s not very often I see a film openly antagonize its audience for wanting something palatable, easily consumed and understood. Kaufman and his marketing team baited us with that ‘A24-flair’ trailer, but, thankfully, that is not what is in store here.

    Instead, this is a capital ‘A’ Art film the likes of which I haven’t seen since Holy Motors. While Motors was masterful, I’m Thinking of Ending Things: not so much. Though maybe? When the credits appeared I couldn’t stop…

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★½

    Soul takes Inside Out’s flaws and magnifies them tenfold, where the ultimately life-affirming conclusion is rendered inert, lost somewhere among unwieldy concepts that played more for cheap gags than theme. 

    It’s not all bad—I absolutely love this one quiet moment of realization before the laborious final act. Unfortunately, the rest of the film can’t bear the weight of its scope.

    Substance dualism is cool I guess.