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  • Downstairs

    Downstairs

    ★★★½

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

    A showcase of moral bankruptcy that's about as amusing as such a thing can be with no real complexity behind it—no why, they just are—but also a turning-point is that gigolo John gets a woman off, thus making her realize how awful her husband is in bed and she is angry about it, so there's that:
    "I found out for the first time in my life that there are there's a kind of way of making love that makes you…

  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya

    ★½

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

    Absolutely fuck the moment that cuts between Tonya getting laid out in the boxing ring and her nailing the triple axel for the first time in competition. This movie tries to endear itself to the audience by highlighting how a woman was gaslit by her mother, her husband, the media, and her judges in both the rink and the courtroom, while destabilizing the audience's relationship to truth with fourth-wall breaks and ostentatious shifts between elaborate cgi-enhanced cinematicism and "candid"-aping interview…

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  • Zigeunerweisen

    Zigeunerweisen

    ★★★★½

    Suzuki creates a structure so dense it's almost not one, characters, events, emotions, sounds bleeding across the whole thing. No individual moment is protected from the others by anything tougher than an over-ripe peach skin.

  • Autour de Jeanne Dielman

    Autour de Jeanne Dielman

    ★★★½

    This isn't a revelatory making-of documentary. It doesn't give you context, explicate the cultural significance of the movie, or discuss certain scenes' importance or effect. Aside from a brief on-set interview in which Seyrig discusses feminism and a final, also brief section where we actually watch a take of a scene, it consists entirely of unadorned on-set video footage of Akerman and Seyrig blocking and rehearsing scenes, discussing actions and timing, and Seyrig occasionally insisting that Akerman be more precise…