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  • Muse



    Some unexamined animosity towards women here, from the needy girl who badgers our hero to declare his love for her, then slits her wrists (no spoiler; it happens before the opening credits), to the witchy Muses themselves - they use poems as weapons, speaking verse to inflict physical pain - who come off as aloof, unreasonable female creatures more than anything. ("My love is not so simple. I’m a lot of things at the same time,” says one woman later,…

  • All These Sleepless Nights

    All These Sleepless Nights


    Seems legitimate to ask what the point is here, since the film doesn't feel at all like documentary (it's shot and cut like fiction); why not just get actors, esp. since the stories being told are so generic? (It's not like the people have some special access to unique experiences.) Still uncannily effective at what it tries to do, viz. to create a sense of floating time and crepuscular unreality, tied in to that jumpy youthful energy that applies itself,…

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  • Margaret



    Held me spellbound for three hours, if nothing else (extended cut, fwiw). 25th HOUR-ish - New York movie, moral drama about Doing the Right Thing, symphonic score over jagged rhythms - also Desplechin-ish for the sweep and scale, but more ambitious than either: an epic of human disconnection, based around the fact that language is such an imperfect way of trying to connect - emotion is easier, but we lose it as we grow older ("It is Margaret you mourn…

  • Aloha



    File with James L. Brooks' How Do You Know as a late-period rom-com that may seem inept because it dispenses with the usual pretence of realism (the magical setting helps, like it did, in a different way, in Almost Famous; maybe Crowe's peculiar sensibility needs the licence of an anything-goes milieu to really take flight). Myths and omens appear prominently. There's an emphasis on the touchy-feely - Danny McBride as Colonel "Fingers"; Bill Murray giving an impromptu massage - over…