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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★

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

    Trauma. Half the world is dead. How do you deal with that? You go back to work like Natasha, you start a support group like Steve, you use this as an opportunity to find yourself like Bruce? You have to move on and do something, because you can't change the past. Or can you?

    Power. Thanos is still alive and must be punished for his evil acts. But beheading one madman doesn't rid the world of power; Thanos may have…

  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★★★

    Biopower & Body Politics / Bodies as Politics

    "Whose body is this?"

    Hugo takes them apart; Ido puts them back together. People switch bodies, lose or exchange body parts, or have their bodies customized for the games. Bodies are everywhere and everything

    Alita begins her journey without a body until Ido gives her one that belongs to someone else; this body works for her, but it doesn't fit her, it doesn't properly serve her purposes or match her mental image of…

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★

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

    Okay yes I still don't really like it, but here's the thing: I do really like the first ~45 minutes, and I really like the funeral and the end. The first act is great at articulating the pain of loss and trauma and how different people deal with it in different ways—Cap starts a support group, and Hulk finds himself, and Nat throws herself into her work—and these are all valid expressions of and reactions to despair. The first act…

  • Thunder on the Hill

    Thunder on the Hill

    ★★★

    "If I could only be sure that in changing my life I've succeeded in changing my self."

    A doubting nun is trapped with a murderer on death's row during a flood; in consoling the condemned, the nun vicariously traverses her own crisis of faith. Do our acts and our performance affect our self, our soul? How do we redeem ourselves when we've fallen from grace? Or, in more secular terms, how do we live with ourselves when we've done something…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    "Hey pretty girl, time to wake up."

    There was a time not too long ago when if you asked me what my favorite movie was I might have told you Mulholland Drive. There's a lot going on in the film and I certainly won't claim to understand all of it (something I might have done when it was my "favorite movie"), but I do have a reading of it that seems to answer a lot of the questions it poses,…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Ever since I joined Letterboxd, nothing has scared me more than the idea of trying to write about 2001: A Space Odyssey. The fact that everything has "already been said" about this masterpiece has itself already been said so many times that there's not even an original means of expressing my lack of originality left at my disposal. So with the knowledge that I will probably never be able to fully encapsulate what makes this my favorite movie of all…