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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★★½

    Very much a Nolan movie! Puzzled by the complaints I recall regarding the "incomprehensible" plot mechanics. Like Inception, Nolan shows us the rules early and proceeds to prove them to be true time and time again; even as those rules are stretched to their most complex application. Physics is the playground here; specifically time and in which direction we experience it. Outside of that? Bad guy looking to end the world. Good guy(s) with limitless funds proceed to stop him.…

  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man

    ★★★★★

    Some all-time great ruminations on the absurdity of life from the Coens, here. A Serious Man has always struck me as being interested most in unknowable dualities, and the emotional toll of wondering why when there might not even be reason at all. There's a terror to living in a world where everything *might* mean something, but at the same time it all might be meaningless. Was Larry being tested and ultimately punished? Or is the universe arbitrary and he…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    I've been seeing lots of "controversy" over the supposed value of La La Land vs something like Moonlight, usually insinuating that La La Land's comparative levity somehow renders it lesser. My quick two cents would that be that yes, Moonlight is a magnificent portrait of masculinity in 2017's world, with broad, valuable insights on how race, sexual preference (*orientation*) and class all influence and inform one's identity. Basically a vehicle and showcase for compassion and empathy in a world seemingly…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    In light of recent events, I'm reminded of Fermi's paradox. A cynical and unsettling notion which suggests the reason we've never been contacted by extraterrestrial intelligent life is that the no civilization has survived long enough to innovate to that level. Or, in simpler terms, that the fundamental nature of intelligent life is to ultimately destroy itself. As tech and sciences progress further and further, what matters is how we allocate that technology; what leaders we elect to control it…