Always Shine ★★★½

Simply put, what a hypnotic experience. A younger weaker sibling to The Neon Demon. It tranced me effectively as I watched it. And as I neared the end, my hope was, and is, that it was all mwam. That notion is growing on me. The photography, score, and direction washes over you like those beautiful Big Sur waves they kept showing us. I'm still wondering if this was role reversal. Maybe this was an extended session of running sides between the two. And maybe the real denouement is 180 from what eyeballs were shown. Last thought.... yes, Mackenzie! First hacf, then bm, and next, I hear she's doing Blade Runner. To quote Macca.... 'now she's hit the bigtime!'