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  • Unsane

    Unsane

    ★★★★★

    Pulls at each end of the concepts of our infinite capacity to hurt ourselves and one another and, on the other side of the same coin, our equally infinite inability to help each other or ourselves, all until the movie is torn asunder. The most dire part, too, is how thoroughly we delude ourselves to those facts, to our own participation in the rupture of healing; there are many chilling scenes here, but few chilled me as much as when…

  • Ballet Black

    Ballet Black

    ★★★★★

    I didn’t realize that literally only one other person has logged this but

    Uh

    This is completely major. Part of my assertion as such is, for any astute followers of mine, its connection to dance — if you think that the word “Ballet” is literally what caught my attention, you’re fucking right you are — but it goes infinitely deeper than just my surface love of performative group choreography. If you have any interest in films which wade through issues…

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  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    Lars von Trier is a man whose work I’ve admired greatly, who has made films as formative to me as any I could say offhand. He’s not worth the discussion any longer. I considered another buffer sentence between those two to ease the transition, but I want that slam whiplash to remain; this conversation, in a public sense, is unnuanced, and doesn’t deserve more. 

    Privately, sure, that’s a little different. I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t feel one…

  • Escape Room

    Escape Room

    Been pretty open-minded to schlocky horror that mostly gets written off as junk these last couple years, but as soon as the first scene was inundated with some all-timer terrible ADR, I knew what movie my fiancée and I were watching. We proceeded to silently mock its many inane turns and complete jokes of character moments. This has moments of really fitful intrigue — the arch concept of realizing the underlying horror of something so de facto fakey and hokey,…

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  • Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    ★★★★★

    Does my voice sound familiar to you?

    A raw weaponization of the fundamental unknowability of other people, paraded through actors, paid company, unfamiliar faces, untrustworthy recounts, ultimately back to who has always been the show’s central question mark. After all, how could they be understood when we so struggle to even approach understanding ourselves, our true motives, our true feelings, our true needs. If people are to us what we need them to be and what small glimpses we can…

  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★½

    Best Supporting Actor 2k16: the cowboy guy whose performance eventually becomes a series of super weird grunts. 
    Best Supporting Actress 2k16: the kid whose favorite band was Dead Kennedys and sang I Kill Children.

    (A thing where nothing pays off and nobody changes and no answers are found and all of that is the point. I came in looking for something cathartic and maybe even hedonistic and got something more locked-off and tougher and, in spite of its overwhelming emotional…