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  • Planet of the Apes

    Planet of the Apes

    ★★★½

    watched this with my dad for father's day b/c it's one of his faves! first time seeing it in like 10+ years. much more fun than I remembered. I liked the dramatic camera work, especially the wide shots that make humans look like ants against the stark vastness of the landscape... the very wasteland that we later learn they created now emphasizes their insignificance. I'd forgotten that the film has a sense of humor: tho it mostly manifests itself in…

  • Henry Gamble's Birthday Party

    Henry Gamble's Birthday Party

    ★★★★

    ah this was just lovely. cone captures the ebb and flow of this kind of party beautifully; the way groups form & break up, people break away and return... his rhythms are spot on. and the movie delves deeply into subjects like faith, fidelity, sexuality, self-harm, eating disorders, etc. without ever feeling heavy or didactic—in fact it's made with a light, deft touch and it's remarkably warm-hearted in tone, without ever succumbing to sentimentality. I'd say its weakest moments are its most heightened and dramatic (henry's sister screaming at her ex, for example), but when it stays subtle it simply glows.

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  • The Watermelon Woman

    The Watermelon Woman

    ★★★★

    well. this was great. I loved how playful & funny the filmmaking was (the mix of "third person" shots of cheryl, tamara, etc. with first person footage from cheryl's camera, for example), and I loved cheryl's journey into fictional cinema history. "sometimes you have to create your own history."

    strange (or not so strange) and sad that this frank, sometimes sexy, and often self-deprecating depiction of lesbian lives from a lesbian perspective feels so, I don't know, fresh and even shocking…

  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    one of those rare movies that I like exactly as much as I think I will... which is a lot! super-solid ~90-min genre movies that make me feel sick to my stomach are kind of my favorite things. (if I ever make a movie, that's what I want it to be like.)

    I liked how incompetent the villains are... they're terrifying, of course, but even with their guns, knives, attack dogs, etc. they can't kill five helpless teenagers. it's an…