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  • Nine Days

    ★★

  • Yourself and Yours

    ★★★½

  • Black Sabbath

    ★★★★

  • Notes Towards an African Orestes

    ★★½

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  • Yourself and Yours

    Yourself and Yours

    ★★★½

    Liked it much better on second viewing, a case of a classical-farce convention - identical twins, making for mistaken-identity shenanigans - being used by not being used, held in abeyance till you start to wonder if it might be just a helpful lie cooked up by a woman who (by her own admission) is bad at "interpreting people". Turns into a film about enjoying the mystery, not judging books by their covers etc, done with all standard Hongery (zooms, drinking…

  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★½

    An ode to motion (incl. I guess motion pictures, especially Luhrmann's kinetic, always-in-motion sensibility): the salacious motion of Elvis's hips - "The Wiggle" - stands for everything the puritans want to ban about his music, his freedom of movement is what the Colonel curtails later on - "Don't let him clip your wings," pleads Priscilla - preventing him from going overseas on a world tour and keeping him trapped in Vegas (he's ultimately killed, in more ways than one, by…

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  • Margaret

    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…

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Space Jam: A New Legacy

    ★★

    Everything is product.

    Granny from Tweety and Sylvester fighting in The Matrix because hey, Warner Bros.

    Yet the message of the film is 'Be yourself! Do your own special thing!'.

    We love our corporate overlords.