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  • Cats

    Cats

    ½

    "We were somewhere around Burbank, at the beginning of Cats, when the drugs began to take hold..."

    30mg
    Same number of seconds in, I entered survival mode.

    Look upon these hollow homages to the physical form...these avatars of poor judgement, these sketchy, overeager, walking rough drafts draped in fuzzy, thriftless pixels... twirling effigies too prideful to self-immolate, pleading in earnest that you simply sing along.
    Extravagant, sincere
    Convinced they, too, were real
    Real enough to be loved, at least...

    And…

  • Alice in Wonderland

    Alice in Wonderland

    ★★★★★

    The modern  human condition via psychedelia and a purposefully exhausting/enchanting endorsement of “nonsense”... fantasy, fiction.

    Endlessly following the dream, the ambition, the promise of something that was never explicitly guaranteed. Meeting inexplicable and relentlessly recurring obstacles and distractions. Falling in line and obeying the dodo bird because he’s the only one yet to experience drowning, the only one seemingly above the waves, rallying for drudgery and calling it a parade. The mad forsake the time, escape and indulge, celebrating their…

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  • Still Walking

    Still Walking

    ★★★★★

    I needed this.

    Aside from Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Hirokazu Kore-eda is perhaps the only director whose films can completely put me at ease. For two hours, the world slows down and I am allowed to silently communicate with the wealth of subtleties and softly spoken truths a Kore-eda picture holds. Still Walking is no different. It's serene, patient and quiet. In saying these things, I am of course tiptoeing around the most obvious descriptor of all, which is "delicate." Delicacy is…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

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

    The best.

    I first saw Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey when I was 15 years old. It was one of many classics I was going through at the time, as it was the year of my cinematic awakening. I saw my first Ingmar Bergman film that year, discovered Fellini in 8 1/2, got lost in Last Year at Marienbad and found my way back home in Wings of Desire. Sixties Japanese cinema became a great love of mine and…