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  • A Film Unfinished

    A Film Unfinished

    Watched at work via Fandor on an iPad.

    A rigorous and fascinating exercise in archival film catharsis. I really love the approach, and the dissection of this unusual film (one that seems like a rather muddled bit of Nazi propaganda), is emotional and satisfying.

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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

    Watched in a hotel room via Amazon Prime Video on an iPad.

    This was always my favorite installment of the series, probably because I acquired and read and reread over and over the novelization of the film well before I saw it. I just know the story, flimsy as it is, really well. In many ways it's the least problematically racist of the original series. It's also the one in which Indy's hypocrisy is most on display. He's still destroying…

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  • On The Rocks

    On The Rocks

    Watched at home via Amazon digital rental with Ameni.

    I've seen shorts by this filmmaking duo, and a friend recommended this feature by them. It's one of the strongest ultra-low budget comedies I've seen in a long while. The satire is savage. The editing is really inventive and strong, playing along with the strength of the performances that makes it feel like a force of nature work. Really strong, even when it's familiar.

  • Ain't Them Bodies Saints

    Ain't Them Bodies Saints

    MUBI via iPad while at work. Watched start to finish w/o breaks.

    Feels competent, and at times very pretty, but in a bland, forgettable way. It ends not quite how you think it will, but close enough. That the thing holding this film together is this deep, outlaw, lasting love is bit of a tired trope for me. Everything felt very low stakes, and it was hard to be interested in these characters. Its genre elements failed to excite me.…