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  • Midsommar
  • Viva
  • Blow-Up
  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes

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  • The Steamroller and the Violin

    ★★★★½

  • The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

  • Vengeance Is Mine

    ★★★★½

  • Putney Swope

    ★★★★★

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  • Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

    Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

    ★★★★★

    Convenient how just prior to release, all the rare, truthful, and uncomfortable depictions of depression, addiction, and trauma get labeled as problematic or controversial.  Which lets us all off the hook from having to face all that we’re hiding from as society rots from the inside.

    This film has something useful for anyone who has glimpsed the abyss.

    It’s a loving portrait of Bourdain’s life and soul but it doesn’t flinch or sanitize the darkness that was always there and overwhelmed him in the end.


    As we approach our end, we’ll destroy ourselves to avoid our humanity.

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★★

    Quiet elegance and a little bit of everything. It takes every familiar beat of an action film, the world-weary point of view of an artist staring back at an unseeing audience (both narratively and non-fictionally), and a creative restless drive to properly fulfill every moment with purpose rather than default and tells a sweet, funny, and melancholy story about simplicity, quiet love, and the various ways we scar over our desires and motivations to survive in an unfeeling, vicarious world.…

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★★

    I am reluctant to talk about this film too much.  Darren Aronofsky created something unholy here.  It feels wrong to air this film so callously.  He made a film about creation.  In any form.  You can apply it to whatever form of creation you wish.  Creation, art, God, nature.  And the cost.

    I am honestly stunned by the unnerving honesty on display in this film.  It became pretty clear pretty early on with Javier Bardem's character that Aronofsky had decided…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    A passionate love letter to passion and love. I don't have a lot here, La La Land is lovely and pristine and a lot more real than I ever expected.

    A love story between two people, one in love with performing and one in love with jazz, although it's not immediately clear the true parameters of this love story.

    I was pretty deeply surprised by where this went in its arc and follow through concerning the logical progressions for what…