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  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

    ★★★½

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

    a faithful, insightful adaptation with some common Batman issues - the Joker's presence isn't really quite necessary, and the constant flashbacks confuse the pacing. but, the fight scenes are top notch, and as a starting point for deconstructing Batman's relationship with women - and their struggle to exert their autonomy in personal and vigilante spheres because of his autocratic sense of duty - it's worth the time.

  • Cheap Thrills

    Cheap Thrills

    ★★★

    well... it's certainly misanthropic enough, although i'm not sure it always knows why. there's occasional edge to the narrative that keeps you on your toes, but by and large it's fairly predictable, and the acting oscillates somewhere between committed and hammy. the issue is that class inequality is more thought-provoking in its banal dehumanization than its naked exploitation.

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  • The Battle of Algiers

    The Battle of Algiers

    ★★★★

    alternately calm/brutal, highlighting the desperation of rebellion & the banality of the state. is freedom worth this? more worryingly, is domination?

  • Cronos

    Cronos

    ★★★½

    an intelligent, Gothic vampire tale. a little hopeless, haunted, and lonely; sadly - classically - we know that this was always out of Gris' hands.