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  • Devil Put the Coal in the Ground

    ★★★

  • The Red Tree

    ★★★½

  • In the Water

    ★★★½

  • Our Home

    ★★★½

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  • Devil Put the Coal in the Ground

    Devil Put the Coal in the Ground

    ★★★

    kind of a scattershot approach to documentary filmmaking, interviewing what felt like about thirty subjects all introduced in one long opening section (probably it was more like 8 or 10 but it felt like too many anyway) -- this doesn't break any new ground on the topics as far as i can tell but it's a story that should continue to be told over and over again by as many as would like their voices heard on the subject. i'm…

  • The Red Tree

    The Red Tree

    ★★★½

    an excellent road trip film that even got me to appreciate that south american flute instrument thing. the colombian setting adds a lot to what would otherwise be a rather straightforward story. a great way to end the film festival for me!

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  • Joker

    Joker

    my kids now eat on a placemat that came with a burger king kids' meal that i got some time in the early 1980s, which i think is when this film is supposed to be set. on it we see batman's origin story, including the brutal back-alley slaying of bruce wayne's parents, which in hindsight is a pretty strange thing to put on a kids' placemat. but the storytelling and artwork are so direct on that placemat that it's an…

  • All My Friends Hate Me

    All My Friends Hate Me

    ★★★½

    a comedy that keeps threatening to become a horror film but is mostly just extremely uncomfortable. in the q&a the writers and director constantly talked about how they wanted to pull the rug out from under the audience, subvert expectations, and mess with their viewers' minds by using the conventions of filmmaking against us. well, they were so successful at this that it makes for a somewhat difficult watch and i think i could have stood for being messed with…