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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★½

    Miserabilism, all pretty in neon pink. This is the kind of film privileged people watch to feel good about themselves, by way of feeling bad for poor people . We empathize for them artfully, appreciating the beauty that exists in their abject world so distant from our own that our conscience feels cleaner simply having discovered it. The main protagonists of the film are the children, and by placing us in their shoes the film absolves us of responsibility for…

  • Venus in Fur

    Venus in Fur

    ★★★★★

    I really did not think this would up to a rewatch, because my memory of seeing it in the cinema was of an exceptionally communal, joyous positive response. I thought maybe it was the social influence of my group of friends--and, I think, the rest of the crowd, too--responding together with laughter and joy at wild provocation and the lively pace. The latter is confirmed--I was very impressed by how immediately Polanski captures us in a web of quick, witty…

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

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

    TL;DR: "2001" is a great film, and it's worth watching even if the circumstances aren't perfect.

    I've been pondering what an enormous range of experiences watching a movie is for people in 2013. From silent reverence in front of 35mm projections to an iPad and headphones while falling asleep, it's a wider spectrum than what I once experienced simply as: a) going to the cinema with friends or family, b) watching on TV enduring commercial breaks or on VHS tapes…

  • Training Day

    Training Day

    ★★★★

    The best part about joining this site was retroactively giving a grade to films I've seen while combing the site's database. This was easy for me as Netflix used to have a similar social layer without half-stars that I used and I mostly clicked on the same star (give or take a 1/2). I don't know what kind of psychological profile it gives me (insane film rating completist?) but I went back pretty far in time in terms of what…