Stephen T

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Because 4-star ratings are for cowards

Favorite films

  • The Red Shoes
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • The Tree of Life

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  • 20 Days in Mariupol

  • The Barber of Little Rock

    ★★½

  • American Symphony

    ★★½

  • Invincible

    ★★★

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  • 20 Days in Mariupol

    20 Days in Mariupol

    At the present moment, this is impossible to evaluate on any critical scale. Maybe in five or ten years' time, when the Russian invasion of Ukraine is not an ongoing world event, we can have a proper look at the choices in assembly and editorialising (from the ever-present soft-spoken narration supplied by director and AP reporter Mstyslav Chernov himself down to the absolutely unnecessary non-diegetic horror drone score) and decide for ourselves whether they make this a better movie or…

  • The Barber of Little Rock

    The Barber of Little Rock

    ★★½

    Respectfully bland. Arlo Washington is probably a very interesting person in real life, and the work he does for his community in Arkansas is important, but it is hard to appreciate this when the majority of this 35 minute long short is just talking heads repeating the same points of racial inequality in wealth distribution and finances over and over again. The New Yorker would have written a nice, readable editorial on him, but instead they have just made a perfect ditty to play in the background while you fold your laundry.

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  • Wish

    Wish

    If I have to commend anything about Wish, a film produced to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company, it has a unique visual style not quite reminiscent of any other film that Walt Disney Animation Studios has ever released. It is a style that arises from a dozen different creative decisions that all coalesce into this singular aesthetic, all made with conscious intent, none accidental. For that, I say "good on them". I also would prefer it…

  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★★

    I have spent 24 hours thinking of this movie, and I have decided that I’m probably never going to settle on a single opinion so I might as well put something on here. See, barring a few unforced errors, I found Jonathan Glazer’s latest awakening from decade long hiatuses to be successful in what it sets out to be. The kicker is that I cannot pin down what it sets out to be, how much of it is successful, nor…