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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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  • Bodied

    Bodied

    ★★★½

    Seems a fool's errand to write too much about this myself, given how much time it spends critiquing white people viewing and defining art/culture they have no substantial stake in, so I'll attempt not to. Indeed, in that way, this is an often extremely queasy watch, precisely for how much it hits the mark, a vibe I always love in the art I consume. Mixes that all together with some real sizzling scenes of battle rapping, some scenes with solid…

  • Selah and the Spades

    Selah and the Spades

    ★★½

    Begins with two elements warring within itself, which early on feel destined to duke it out as to the ultimate fate of the movie on the whole. One is exemplified by this arch high school factional sort of thing that serves as the setting's foundation, which, even pitched as seriously as it is here, doesn't come together into anything revelatory. They operate at very different registers, but the opening sequence describing them all might as well be unimprovable scene from…

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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…

  • I Am Not an Easy Man

    I Am Not an Easy Man

    ★★

    Roughly as deep as the sitcom-episode-level premise it boasts would suggest, which is a shame but maybe not really that surprising. Reversing traditional gender roles and then watching them play out through a slice of that alternate society is the sort of thing that could probably be done really interestingly by an incredible talent, but here is just sort of paraded through really obvious beats (a woman is the boss and a man is the personal assistant, men having wardrobes…