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  • 8 Mile

    8 Mile

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    repetitious to the extreme, how sight and sound blend mechanical into ascribed and moulded personal poetics. overwritten, up and down, scratched like a record on the radio at the shelter in the parking lot. driving from point a to point b, functions as a utilitarian horror movie where the Black guys keep on living and social life/death is an intersubjective multiplicity of descriptive dialectics. self-aware enough to understand its commercial rise in postmodern decay, local mythos transcribing satanic panic great-society-failing…

  • True Grit

    True Grit

    ★★★★

    the light of flight and return; Father why did you leave me?

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    i understand the impulse to accept the movie on its own terms, but i find that there is nothing interesting to think (or feel!) about causality. tenet is constantly dulled by its own essentializing self-direction—unanimity in character, historicism and space a fundamental necessity to its own metanarrative project. liberalism is hip because women need the freedom of constraint; just state violence is merely transnational masculinity against a specified vulnerability to violently shutter any chance at emotional conclusion. in so doing…

  • Beau Travail

    Beau Travail

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "going out of your way to make me squirm. but i'll pull through."

    strategic difference in recognizing hegemonic colonial masculinities. the soldiers emerge as shadows, bathed in the darkness of the night or portrayed as projections on the earth. still. quiet. sixteen toiling desperately to change a landscape, one who is punished by the same standards of fulfilled purpose, français par le sang versé. each swearing allegiance to themselves. the positionality of militarized intersubjective romance. it's the symbolic imaginary's denaturalization…