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  • Josie and the Pussycats
  • Once
  • Company
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

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  • Igby Goes Down

    ★★★★½

  • Benjamin

    ★★★

  • Dirty

  • Bright Star

    ★★★★½

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  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★½

    the first thing this film does right is understand. it understands the most essential thing the original didn’t: the jets are racist. while the original let their racism be a product of their rivalry, this version understands the the two aren’t mutually exclusive. the jets are racist and the jets hate the sharks. 

    the second thing this film does right is develop. where the original gave the sharks silhouettes for personalities, here they are given motivations. pain, personality, and most…

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★½

    Blue Velvet works just like the very robe Dorothy wears. When you run your hands up its sleeves, it feels rough, exposing all of the pain within her and around her. You wouldn’t know it from the way she looks, but just like the rest of the suburban town she inhabits, there’s a strange darkness inside.

    Jeffery dares to investigate, attempting to find out what makes the touch so rough and a girl so hurt. Slowly what once was a…

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  • Igby Goes Down

    Igby Goes Down

    ★★★★½

    in the same vein as noah baumbach’s new york, one of extreme privilege and the most dysfunctional families you’ll ever meet. a fucked up coming of age, one with a lot more yelling and bleeding than actually self discovery, but nonetheless empathetic and worthwhile. igby might be one of my most ideal protagonists, someone you just can’t help but root for despite his many mistakes and misgivings. i think coming of age has become synonymous with realistic and while some…

  • Benjamin

    Benjamin

    ★★★

    charming but a little too painfully awkward for my taste. i liked the self-projection the director is clearly doing here, and overall it’s very empathetic and understanding that love is complicated and can go fast or slow, end abruptly or last forever. they were cute together so i’m not complaining too much.

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