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  • Friends with Money

    Friends with Money

    Callous and misguided.

  • The White Balloon

    The White Balloon

    Observing Panahi's detailed concern with the bustling activity of street-level Tehran in his pre-ban films only adds another painful layer to the injustice of his sentencing.

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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    "It's like they think 'maybe if I do a good job, the man with the gun will change his mind.'"

    It’s unfortunate that the whole Scorsese vs Marvel/etc debate has made it so that everyone has to file into two very specific ideological camps with regard to the man’s entire body of work; he deserves critical, nuanced discussion. Yes it’s silly to think that Scorsese’s career boils down to an uncritical endorsement of ‘toxic masculinity,’ but it’s just as silly…

  • Gemini Man

    Gemini Man

    Ang Lee knows exactly what he's doing opening on a train station. He's not merely positioning himself on a cinematic continuum that begins with the Cinematograph, but explicitly aligning himself with the technological innovation of the Lumiere's. They freed cinema from the confines of Edison's Kinetoscope, and now Lee presents us with a work that 100+ years of developing projection technology is still literally unable to contain. Theirs' was a train arriving at the station –– his is departing. Consider…