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  • The Terrorizers

    The Terrorizers

    today in mid-august in this strange sort of still heat with no wind at all and my arms slowly healing from sunburn, i accidentally chose the perfect day to watch this. not sure that i followed all of it but the beautiful framing and the tendency to keep filming the empty space between conversations or after the characters leave really fit with the weather.

    reproductions of a person were common enough even in 1986 for yang to have thought this much about them. i can't imagine the things he would have made in the 2010s.

  • A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

    A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

    a film about social media that contains very little social media at all. the clean focus in the way iwai shoots everything makes the line between artificial and real here even more blurred than it otherwise would be. edward yang scrubbed clean until you can't tell if they're reflections or just very well-trained employees.

    initially a hitchcock-type plot of mixed up motives but as it goes on it gets this slower-paced hazy feeling. for the most part there's only one…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    very fun to watch, but bc i'm insufferable i don't think it was anti-capitalist enough to actually say what it was trying to say. bong joon-ho gets an infinite pass for making "memories of murder" though, and this is way better than most of what he's done since then.

    i wish this had the born-rich family actually confront their own lifestyle instead of just falling victim to General Class-Based Revenge, but it never quite goes that extra step to make a more sophisticated point.

  • The Bob Emergency

    The Bob Emergency

    "later, beamon will say of this leap: "i felt alone.""

    jon bois is one of my favourite documentary filmmakers working, and while this anthology-style film loses a little focus just because it's unrelated stories connected by a first name, it's still massively entertaining to watch and demonstrates all the dramatic tension involved in slowly panning along a chart as well as anything could.

    would have clicked like for the long-jump section alone