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  • mother!

    mother!

    Portrait of the Artist as An Angry God.

    Going to withhold on rating it for now, and simply try to do an info-dump on the two different readings I had.

    Reading Number 1: This is clearly a continuation of Noah; a twisted Old Testament fable shot from the Point of View of those trampled by God's "good and faithful servants". In the Biblical telling, nothing exists but their love and God's unquenchable need to be loved; in Aronofsky's, their mutual…

  • Detroit

    Detroit

    ★★★

    Art always has an obligation towards truth. When I say “truth", I don’t mean the literal “this happened, then this happened” play-by-play of real-life events; that slavish devotion to facts which tranquilizes so many direct-to-TV biopics. Documentary precision is a valuable type of truth, but there's more than one way to skin a cat. A film might compress timelines to convey deep character truths — Jobs, Selma, and The Imitation Game come to mind as recent examples. Or it might…

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  • Dirty Grandpa

    Dirty Grandpa

    ½

    Letterboxd Missed Connections, 01/24/16, San Francisco, California

    To the young white male with the hoodie and plug earrings who sat behind me during Dirty Grandpa.

    You probably don't remember me, but we both attended today's 4:50 pm showing at the Century Cinemas on Market St. I sat in row 11 or so, slightly to the left. You sat in row 14, dead center. I believe you came alone, though you seem to believe you were surrounded by friends. You had…

  • Short Term 12

    Short Term 12

    ★★★★★

    I hold many films close to my heart, but it rarely matters if others agree. If you don’t like Boyhood, I totally get it: I can see aspects of myself that wouldn’t like it either. If you find Wes Anderson too precious, that’s your prerogative: I have a blast indulging in his whimsy, but I have no desire to defend it. Some things, though, hit me in a deeper place. Eternal Sunshine. The Before series. Lost In Translation. If you…