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  • Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art

    Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art

    ★★★

    This subject fascinates me, but mostly because the art world is such a strange, removed place full of such extremely wealthy, self-involved, and silly people. These are very, very silly people. Money makes people stupid, and the art world is full of money.

    I was particularly bemused by the odd reactions to the scientific, lab investigation of paintings and to the historical research around provenance - obviously, qualitative and quantitative scientific research is better than family members of painters authenticating…

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★

    The romcom is a tough genre, and this one has more ambition that most. But Palm Springs should have swing bigger - imagine this as a true ensemble piece. Roy is the best example here, a psychotic phantom in the beginning, absent in the middle, and a happy, grateful person in the end with zero context for that transformation. The sister, the husband-to-be, the kind friend, the cheating girlfriend all are either blanks or terrible until the main characters forgive…

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  • Never Look Away

    Never Look Away

    ★★

    Nice to look at, annoying to listen to, overly simple characters - especially the women, who work as mere plot devices rather than humans. The music was frequently used to conjure up emotion instead of the movie doing the real work of building characters and scenes. And the depiction of genius annoyingly mirrors every Oscar bait movie ever, a lightning bolt from who knows where, producing a flurry of genius-filled activity.

  • Unrelated

    Unrelated

    ★★★★½

    Women without children are tourists orbiting around the closed off social groups of others who have constructed their lives around the nuclear family. This film does such a good job of evoking an almost menacing sense of ennui. The post-colonialist colonialist impulses of the British upper class are also on full view, interwoven and ever present.

    With this camera work and such a tightly told story that never feels overdetermined, what a first feature film for someone to make. I only have minor complaints about the rather incongruously upbeat ending.