Drew has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2017.

  • Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

    Ex Libris: The New York Public Library


    All of my favorite Wiseman films have understood the value of our time and our work, judging our institutions based on how our society has directed it. In our successes, In Jackson Heights shows us engaged with our communities, listening to constituents' issues, counseling each other, and arguing for the rights and freedoms of our neighbors. At our worst, we stumble thoughtlessly through professional routines: the casually choreographed judicial process in Juvenile Court or the petty discipline of High School.…

  • Standard Time

    Standard Time


    I was not prepared for this. It's similar to <---> in that there's an incredibly stressful effect from the Snow's pummeling camera motion, occasionally revealing small but unexpected changes in the surrounding space. Here, the lateral camera motion gets balanced by the intermittent audio, which works to pull the viewer in or out. It's wonderfully immersive.

  • 4 Days in France

    4 Days in France


    A road movie, taken literally. The landscapes are beautiful, and it does a nice job playing off the rhythms of Pierre and Paul's lives the first few days.

    The encounters are creatively arranged, particularly some of the hookups. When the Virgin Mary averted her eyes as Pierre fucked under Nadia Oh's watchful gaze, my heart grew a few sizes.

  • Return To Forms

    Return To Forms


    Return to Forms starts off with an exploration of the synthetic: the textures of synthetic materials, the delicacy of synthetic pop, and the sheen of the synthetic surface. There's a long tracking shot, almost a virtual tour, through the interior of a furnished apartment that outlasts the music. A facile reading, especially of the first half, would be a vaporwave-y comment on consumer culture.

    It left me feeling a bit more ambiguous, in part because I'm incapable of viewing Lesley…

  • Revenge of the Cheerleaders

    Revenge of the Cheerleaders


    The first third of this is so anarchic and low-key brilliant. Every scene gets escalates to its final payoff. A phonograph bursts into flame. Some ice cream puns are literalized as a sundae with whipped cream gushes through a guy's hand. A food fight threatens to go full actionist, before cutting to a room filled with bubbles. I think I audibly gasped when that happened.

    It's overwhelming and probably not sustainable for a feature-length. So as the plot unfolds, the…

  • Articulation of Boolean Algebra for Film Opticals

    Articulation of Boolean Algebra for Film Opticals


    Really captivating to watch once it starts to fall into a groove. Unfortunately, having the picture and sound printed together means there's a 1-second delay for the audio, which lessens the impact some.

  • Rat Life and Diet in North America

    Rat Life and Diet in North America


    Some days you are the rat, and some days the rat is you and your kin eating an American flag under the heel of the military industrial complex.