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  • Tenebre

    ★★★★½

  • Tenebre

    ★★★★

  • Funny People

  • Kissing Jessica Stein

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  • Eggshells

    Eggshells

    ★★★★★

    Oh my stars, yes. It’s very seldom that I trip upon a work of art or person that feels like home in the way this does for me. I remember being young, pouring all of my squiggly ideas, my obsessions with animated physicality and spatial tension, into choreographing a piece that I am still quite proud of. Eggshells is bursting with that same youthful glee: it has storms of color and shape and sound, all pieced together with a visionary…

  • NY Export: Opus Jazz

    NY Export: Opus Jazz

    ★★★★

    This will be long, so TL;DR at the front: it’s only 45 minutes! Please consider giving it a watch, especially if you at all admired 2021 West Side Story’s shot-on-location dances. This is a very, very special movie to me. Ok here we go!

    Jerome Robbins. He’s a big deal, and he did a lot for both ballet and Broadway, but is probably best known for co-creating and choreographing West Side Story, which premiered on stage in 1957. He then immediately…

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  • Tenebre

    Tenebre

    ★★★★½

    Revisited yet again today. Feels right for this hot as hell, fractured, surreal, ineffectual bureaucracy, what-year-is-it? summer. Proto-Almodovarian Freudian masterpiece. That’s my new take.

  • Tenebre

    Tenebre

    ★★★★

    Very difficult to unlink this in my mind from Videodrome, which was released not long after, in that a horror director known for violent imagery created a commercially successful violence-peddler stand-in character— someone who is really just a casual Joe! but who of course gets needled by the press about contributing to societal decay and he responds with simple charms and boyish denial. And the setting is all very modern and contemporary with strong independent women because it’s the early…

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  • I Blame Society

    I Blame Society

    ★★★

    “We gave you all of these ideas, and then you go off and you make Weird Frances Ha, you know? It’s just not useful at all.”

    I have no idea how to rate this, and cannot in good conscience recommend it to anyone. Spent the first half thinking, “I can’t believe I paid money for this,” but by the end, maybe I love it? Weird, extremely dry, deadpan humor and self-aware art. There are some absolutely killer satirical lines, but…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★

    I’m floored. Did we need this? Probably not, but it’s just so fully realized, so thoroughly and passionately crafted. It looks good; it SOUNDS amazing. It actually feels like the old musicals at their best; I’m a huge Gene Kelly fan and this is the equal to his strongest work. I generally don’t like Spielberg, but my sense here is that he added what he is truly great at— framing and blocking and camera work that is spectacular without overwhelming—…