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  • Her Story

    Her Story

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    Hi friends. πŸ‘‹πŸ½ I'm going to be writing over here for a while. The Sherlocks among you will no doubt discern why immediately, but no worries β€” I'm still me, but in a slightly truer form. For example, I still have absolutely no patience for Jared Leto, and I still think Makoto Shinkai is a god. Ciao.

    -R.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

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    They've been doing night construction outside my apartment building downtown. It's such a cacophony of sounds β€” modulating drills, long bass drones, the phantom warble of hydraulics. A magical and nightmarish music, lulling me to sleep. It makes me dream of electric sheep. It conjures memories of Blade Runner.

    Denis Villeneuve has some memories of Blade Runner, too. He's done a lot to follow its tone, its weight and import, its stunning imagery. On this last count he occasionally succeeds…

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

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    This Mass Effect reskin of The Avengers has moments of genuine humor and poignancy, and a few characters who show a spark of personality. At one point the angry raccoon starts crying and it would have taken a harder heart than mine not to well up a little.

    In the early part of the film there's also a lot of really stunning outer-space imagery, like an orbiting mining station built out of the colossal skull of some elder god. But…

  • When Marnie Was There

    When Marnie Was There

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    I saw When Marnie Was There this morning. By evening I was on my way to the theater to see it again. That's a first for me.

    It wasn't just that my local cinema provided both dubbed and subtitled screenings. Sure, I wanted to see both versions. But more than that, I wanted to return to the world of this movie because it stirred some deep nerve cluster that connected my childhood to my adulthood. That's a quality that I've…