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  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper

    ★★★½

    As beautiful as Olivier Assayas’ films appear, they are certainly enigmatic. The filmmaker is not interested in a world that is clear, explicable, cut, and dried. It is intentional that his viewers leave with questions about what was real or imagined, and whether there can ever be a clear line between the two. In Personal Shopper, he dives into the world of ghosts and spiritualism, and Assayas’ dreamy quasi-reality perfectly surrounds such a subject.

    ~ Read full review at Battleship Pretension! - battleshippretension.com/personal-shopper-dead-and-living-it-by-josh-long/

  • The Paul Lynde Halloween Special

    The Paul Lynde Halloween Special

    Pure. Genius. Disco baby!

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  • Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic

    ★★

    I’m sure that you, like me, are immediately wondering if Matt Ross’ Captain Fantastic has anything to do with Elton John’s classic album, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. The answer, sadly, is no. No dulcet piano ballads, no catchy riffs, no heartfelt autobiographical choruses. However, if you hate Elton John and love self-righteous polemics on mainstream American society dressed up as family drama, then you’re going to love this one.

    ~ Read full review at Battleship Pretension!
    battleshippretension.com/captain-fantastic-better-off-dead-by-josh-long

  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★★★★

    Like Ingmar Bergman or Krystof Kieslowski before him, Terence Malick is a filmmaker ambitious enough to deal with the biggest questions imaginable. Who are we? Where do we belong? What does it all mean? These manner of questions are limp in the hands of a lesser artist, but Malick rightly earns his place among the greats by handling such subjects in thoughtful, emotional depth, with his trademark kinetic flow – always moving, always shifting. This ephemeral, floating visual approach is…