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  • Laughter

    Laughter

    ★★★★★

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

    One of the more profound and (unfortunately) relevant films I've seen recently in that it genuinely and sincerely attempts to grapple with what it means to have lived in a society that has gone through the psychological (ab)normalization that comes with autocracy and genocide, where the most insane and cruel things come to be seen as normal, unsurprising, or logical in the moment, and to have come out the other side still alive but as a "survivor" (at least in…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★

    I agree with both the people who liked (parts of) the film and the people who hated (parts of) it. I agree that it's impressed with itself way more than it should be. Phoenix is a gem as always, the cinematography is gorgeous even if it's cribbing from better sources. The black woman and person with dwarfism are written as personality-less props or symbolic stand-ins rather than three-dimensional people with agency (I suspect Todd Phillips is someone who has a…

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  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    ★★★★★

    I didn't quite know how to comment on this movie for the past two days since I've watched it. I wasn't quite sure what I was getting into, but I was game for it. And it really, really affected me. More than any movie I can remember, I felt like I was being carried along on a journey - not a scary journey, but a very benevolent one. The effect is one of deep connection - through time, place, sound,…

  • 20 Minutes to Go

    20 Minutes to Go

    ★★★★★

    the weirdest and best movie i've ever seen made by a christian sex cult.