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  • Behemoth

    Behemoth

    ★★★½

    Had to rewatch for a class on film and the environment, and trying to blurb about it i ended up going wildly off tangent trying to navigate the geopolitical implications of how to respond to cinematic representations of political injustice in a country with fraught relations to the US (given the NYT can regularly just quote us state department communiques as sources).

    Still found it a fascinating use of the process of labor as its own self-sustaining narrative. Occasionally ruptured…

  • Where Do We Go Now?

    Where Do We Go Now?

    ★½

    strains for ghobadi-style mixture of irrevent humor and pleas against political violence (even lifting the rocket character from turtles can fly) that mainly works when the older women let the burner off while shit talking (the bit w/ using glossolalia to air out grievances against men in the village was inspired), which helps when it tries to say something about the resourcefulness of women saving men from themselves, but without a specific context feels like a sentient coexist bumper sticker…

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  • Aloha

    Aloha

    ★★★½

    this is a pynchon movie????? watched it at 5 am and am willing to say that like v and gravity's rainbow it prefers its critiques of capitalism and imperialism from the vantage point of wayward military personnel w/ the libidinal undercurrents of boardrooms and battlefields brought out by the rom com packaging

    as a result it asks the right questions from the wrong pov (and the emma stone casting fiasco didn't help) but it’s such an unusually singular movie to…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★½

    An interview quote surfaced on twitter this morning* that Anderson intended Alma to be a specifically Jewish refugee, as hinted by the scene in which she reacts with disgust to one character profiting off of selling visas to Jews during wartime. It speaks to something I originally thought of as one the film's strengths, mainly that Anderson gave up his failed attempts at saying something big in TWWB or the Master and realized he's much better at floating signifiers an…