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  • The Dark Knight
  • Persona
  • The Turin Horse
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  • Ex Machina

    ★★★★½

  • Ratatouille

    ★★★★

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

  • Introduction

    ★★

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  • The Metamorphosis of Birds

    The Metamorphosis of Birds

    ★★★★★

    Come, learn the language of birds. They will teach you to use words like wings, and they will take your heart, gift it feathers, and lift it to the currents of the sky. Where the seas are echoed, where the infinity of the horizon line can be explored, this is where the invisible path of birds will take you, where you will be shown the smallest of miracles and the greatest of tragedies, the inexpressible joy, the uncountable grief, and…

  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★★

    Oh man, where do I start? Persona defies interpretation; in fact, one of the many themes of the film is the very struggle with interpretation. This film has so many different ways to interpret it that you could watch it hundreds of times and see something new each time. (it blows my mind how complex Persona manages to be in just 85 minutes). At the core of the film— the thread that runs through it all— is duality. The duality of things…

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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★½

    You may think Ex Machina is about A.I. Artificial intelligence is, however, the window dressing to invite you in; the true game being played inside this luxurious manor is one dominated by sex and control. We are permitted access to a modern Mount Olympus, a hideaway in the wilderness where there lives a secluded, alcoholic, and misogynistic god, drunk on his own control. He has lived in isolation for long enough, and now deems it time to welcome a mortal,…

  • Ratatouille

    Ratatouille

    ★★★★

    It is the dream of a great work of art (food or film, poetry or painting) to slice through the critic’s mask, to crack their vaunted veneer, to boil away their jaded demeanour— and then reach in, into the past, to connect in a deeply personal way, to stir together memory and emotion, creating a new dish, one with familiar ingredients but a profile as yet untasted. In fact, the critic, although seemingly fatigued and satiated and unable to be…

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  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha

    ★★

    Filmed all in Japan, with Chinese actresses, while speaking English. Could you imagine if that was reversed-- if a Japanese director made a film set in America, with British actors that only spoke Japanese, but in an American accent? ... Yeah, I think that would be pretty comical.

    Not only that, but here the pacing is incredibly uneven, the story is confusing, and the writing approaches soap-opera levels of melodrama. However, the costume/makeup is great, and there are a few dance scenes with some captivating cinematography.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★

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

    The ultimate capitalistic fantasy: taste the pure possibility of the multiverse and then return to dutifully do your taxes. That is only one of the ways this film espouses the pernicious ideology of capitalism; such values are embedded in the very fabric of its conceptually inconsistent multiverse. The maximalist excess, the superficial thought, the rush of spectacle, the triumph of the individual— these are the implicit and explicit outcomes of the capitalist system, and also the driving forces of the…