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  • The Vast of Night

    The Vast of Night

    ★★★★

    Extremely charming, handsomely made, and compelling Spielberg via Iron Giant riff. Enjoyed the hell out of it!!

  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ★★★★★

    Oops sorry as usual I think this is the best. Makes me cry, pop revisionism ala Andrew Lloyd Webber with incredibly engaging and heart-wrenching emotional throughlines, a normie political message that wgaf because it’s barely relevant, etc etc perfect

    Certainly the most remarkable documentation of a Broadway performance I’ve seen, cementing a production while also rendering it cinematically rich and engaging. Most impressive is the way the show on stage highlights everyone other than Miranda—what could be, and has extratextually…

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    Simultaneously one of his most mature and most infantile...steeped in a sorrowful nostalgia but incapable of letting things lie, instead begging, almost pathetically, for the incessant march of history to have gone down a different path. I thought a lot of Roma—similarly this is a memory play that carefully and immaculately recreates a moment, but unlike Cuaron’s movie, this refuses to accept history as a river which either drags or drowns us, instead choosing to reroute the river with dynamite. Love it!!

  • Popeye

    Popeye

    ★★★★★

    Quite possible there’s never been so holistic an intersection of things I like.

    Though it’s a bit flabby, the pure joy of creation here from top to bottom, and the expert clowning of every single cast member, wow. Certainly, just in terms of physicality, one of Williams’ most impressive performances. It’s like a weird, weightless, ecstatic party.