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  • 1 Dimension

    1 Dimension

    ★★★

    Aesthetically rich, but for the philosophical aside in the third act (which is jarring rather than clarifying).

  • Dirty Computer

    Dirty Computer

    ★★★½

    Individual videos and songs in here are five stars, she and her collaborators do work that is that good, but there’s a lot of inconsistency in the quality of individual music videos. At the same time, the comparably slight production values and lack of thoughtful filmmaking in the frame story make it too hard to rate the overall production four stars. Even though I would rate the music alone in the five star territory.

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  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    Creature from the Black Lagoon

    ★★★★

    I’ve many times wished I had kept the original poster for this movie that hung in my room as a child. I loved this movie then, but when Shape of Water came out, I couldn’t understand quotes from del Toro about the eroticism that pervades this film. Scenes like Kay swimming in unwitting parallel with the Creature seem so risqué, even perverse to me now for the era. Jack Arnold wrote for theme, not just sex. Look at the pan…

  • The Cleaners

    The Cleaners

    ★★★★½

    A timely and important documentary about the disturbing place Facebook occupies in our world. The Cleaners looks at Facebook through the lens of the secret content moderators the company outsources to in the Philippines, who each process 25,000 images per day. The film discusses the artistic, psychological, and political ramifications of their jobs and the strange policies that govern them. The filmmakers do an excellent job of distilling a complex topic into a comprehensible piece that any and every Facebook user should see.