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  • Kristen Schaal: Live at the Fillmore
  • Goff in the Desert
  • The Little Girl Who Conquered Time
  • The Adjuster

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  • Malina

    ★★★★

  • Beau Travail

    ★★★★½

  • Tokyo Vampire Hotel

    ★★★★

  • Contempt

    ★★★½

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  • Four American Composers: John Cage

    Four American Composers: John Cage

    ★★★★

    Fantastically edited, combining footage from a lengthy retrospective concert with Cage's own words, taken from interview or from his classic Indeterminacy recording. Aesthetically the music is largely left to defend itself, juggling joy and stoicism incredibly well. As a documentary it's really tight too, feeling like it has no inessential moments up until the stretched-out final piece that acts wonderfully as an absurdist end-note. And his laugh is simply infectious...

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    ★★★★

    I was concerned about the high talking head : musical performance ratio, but it all comes together quite well in the editing which carefully keeps the music somewhere in the mix to allow the film to feel like a continuous concert experience rather than fragmented glimpses of a festival - for two whole hour there's such consistent power, anger and joy on-screen. The text seldom feels superfluous, giving worthwhile context on each artist while also making the sociopolitical implications of…

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  • Tokyo.Sora

    Tokyo.Sora

    ★★★★½

    Hiroshi Ishikawa’s debut film Tokyo.sora follows a simple structure: The lives of three pairs of young, introverted women are shown, allowing for contrast to explore themes of loneliness, romance and interaction – and how the members of Tokyo’s growingly reserved culture struggle through these themes. The film uses a slice-of-life narrative approach to demonstrate the internal complexities that prevent these women from living more enjoyable lives and show why they indulge in their independent loneliness instead.

    The first pair of…

  • Fish & Soos

    Fish & Soos

    I'm proud to announce my new collaborative short film with Jesus Perez, Fish & Soos. This film deals with the nature of long-distance digital collaboration as well as a vague string of inspiration and emotion which runs through the eight-week collaboration. Please enjoy!

    vimeo.com/403931481