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  • Cirque du Soleil: Quidam

    Cirque du Soleil: Quidam

    ★★★½

    Picture it: Sicily...er.....New Jersey, the year: 2000.

    A young boy slowly dying of boredom slips away from his mother’s grasp in the scrapbooking section of the GIANT Borders bookstore across from the mall.
    He passes through the comic book section, snapping up a few adult graphic novels he knows his mother will not let him keep, and lands, without meaning to, in the “Special Interest” section of the new Digital Video Disc area, hoping he might find a ballet disc…

  • Lady and the Tramp

    Lady and the Tramp

    ★★½

    Ho boy. I feel like Disney honestly isn’t really trying to make these re-makes good films, they’re just cashing in on them, and wanting to be seen as inclusive and progressive.

    Let’s start with that first, it was a strange choice to make this a period piece, in fact I can’t really see WHY they kept it in period. I’m racking my brain.....there’s honestly no reason, since they kept so little of the charm of the first one, except that…

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  • Naked

    Naked

    ★★★★

    Finally off the list. I searched out this film not because it is a Mike Leigh film, though the only two other Leigh films I’ve seen: Mr.Turner and Another Year, I absolutely loved, I went out of my way to buy the Criterion DVD because of David Thewlis, who is mesmerizing on a bad day, here with some of his most personal work, especially considering Leigh’s filming techniques he is utterly sublime. 
    Ugh. What a film critic-like sentence, listen I…

  • Prospect

    Prospect

    ★★★½

    Dig this. Dig it all day. 
    A very cool immersive low-level sci-fi flick.
    Pretty much a Treasure of Sierra Madre type noir but in the distant future. 

    What simultaneously thrilled and extremely frustrated me was the world building in the film, that is not spoon fed to the audience. Countless sentences are spouted out almost like gibberish but in this time are clearly as normal as “we gotta catch the E train before it switches to express and skips Steinway”…