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  • The Wound

    The Wound

    ★★★½

    [7]

    A slice below, a cut above...

    A film whose subject matter is legible straight from its surface, The Wound nevertheless possesses the ability to surprise. This is a movie about the tyranny of tradition, the way that patriarchal values are transmitted by ritual, in large part to disguise some of the deeper, less savory lessons that sons must learn from their fathers.

    At the start we see Xolani (Nakhane Touré) driving a forklift through a factory. This opening scene…

  • Delphi Falls

    Delphi Falls

    ★★★½

    [7]

    Experimental film is changing. Sure, some of it is becoming slack and unrigorous, but there is also a group of artists who are making complex, fascinating work that demands that we alter our way of seeing. We need to be attuned to the shifting parameters of avant-garde communication.

    Viewed according to the old criteria -- internal consistency, application of a formal dominant, an identifiable organizing eye (either emotive or mathematically objective) -- the work of artists such as Jesse…

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  • Creepy

    Creepy

    ★★★

    [6]

    I miss the old Kiyoshi. The can't-be-sold Kiyoshi. Back in the fold Kiyoshi. That was the bold Kiyoshi. Remember Cure Kiyoshi? That wasn't your Kiyoshi? 'Cause that was my Kiyoshi. Damn, that was fly, Kiyoshi! You came with Kairo, Kiyoshi. That shit was fire, Kiyoshi! Even Bright Future Kiyoshi, that ill repute Kiyoshi. I dug it all, Kiyoshi. So why'd you stall, Kiyoshi? And then that Journey to the Shore? You got some gall, Kiyoshi!

    I miss the real…

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game

    ★★

    [4]

    If you happen to follow my Twitter feed, you'll know that I've already gotten a bit hot and bothered about this film. In retrospect, it was probably a good deal of energy wasted, or at least misdirected. I tend to forget that useless dreck like The Imitation Game is pimped on every streetcorner around Oscar season by an industry that considers movies as product, not art. Most of the time, that product is slathered in Adam Sandler, and it…