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  • Zelig



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

    "I wish I could be Lenny Zelig, the changing man. I'd be different people. And maybe someday my wishes will come true."

    Leonard Zelig, the world-famous human chameleon of the 1920s and '30s, had an identity disorder. This kind conman shapeshifted his way to acceptance, taking on the mannerisms, language, and even appearance of those he was around. A total medical mystery, he couldn't help but mirror and code switch to fit in any given situation.

    Zelig is of course…

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Fantastic Mr. Fox


    'Fantastic' is a funny word. It reminds me of 'awesome' or 'terrific' or 'great' in that I understand they each originally communicated a degree of intensity and a sense of unrealness, sometimes beyond imagination. But now these words are overused, flatly positive superlatives interchangeable with 'excellent.'

    Mr. Fox is not excellent. He's egoistic, and even the moments of helping his family and animal community are at the cost of their continued reliance upon his self-styled, trademarked-pose brilliance. He's a different…

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  • A Lizard in a Woman's Skin

    A Lizard in a Woman's Skin


    Silly fun for a Friday the 13th! Some jarring editing and primitive shocks that contribute to a visually enticing mystery, however stiff the writing is.

    This film ends up as a sort of indictment of wealthy proclivities, yet on the way misdirects with a preoccupation of the great hippie threat and their garish colorways. Viscera, too.

    Speaking of organs, loved the tense yet bumbling chase scene in an empty Great Hall at London’s Alexandra Palace. A fun fifty-year-contrast after first encountering this location as a 2019 tour stop in King Gizzard’s Chunky Shrapnel film.

  • Legend



    Saw Legend only once 10 years ago under unusual circumstances: chaos dimension comedian/musician Reggie Watts had recorded an original live soundtrack with looping synth and made up dialog for every character. While it was available for download he also presented this track synchronized to the film on a tour, which I saw premiere at SXSW 2012 as a college kid, even getting to meet him afterward in a brief fan indulgence.

    As with Brad Neely’s similar concept for Wizard People,…

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  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love


    With his "retrospective" program of already-controversial remixes now playing and soon releasing in a boxed set, I decided it's time to check out director Wong Kar-Wai's original films before they are removed and suppressed in their current form.

    "He remembers those vanished years. As though looking through a dusty window pane, the past is something he could see but not touch. And everything he sees is blurred and indistinct."

    Lauded as one of the most romantic films of all time,…

  • The Astronauts

    The Astronauts

    It's a fun little detour through imaginative spaces with colorful cutout photography. The playful style is reminiscent of Gilliam's later animations, and the titular astronauts carry some of that same rascally energy in their taunting interactions. Considering this work was a contemporary of the Sputnik program, I suspect there is some anti-soviet metaphor with the red-coded rocket and rival astronaut. The film was also Boro's first French production as a Polish immigrant who had lived through the era of enforced…