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  • Messiah of Evil

    ★★★★

  • Reality

    ★★★½

  • No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

    ★★★★½

  • The Taste of Things

    ★★★½

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  • Messiah of Evil

    Messiah of Evil

    ★★★★

    Not sure exactly what I was perceiving in 2016 when I watched this at home and declared it "eye-popping mindfreak art-horror like nothing I've ever seen before" in a five-star review. I wonder if the smaller screen enhanced the sense of the uncanny since I was inevitably watching less closely than I did tonight at the Music Box, and the shallower attention may have been more conducive to vibes-based viewing.

    I still think this is pretty cool and a worthwhile…

  • No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

    No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

    ★★★★½

    Pennebaker's beautiful footage of the 1966 UK tour makes it especially inconceivable that those folkie dullards rejected it so harshly. The origin of what would now be called toxic fandom.

    Dylan's off-the-dome commentary in the contemporary interview is a hoot, I wish Scorsese had used more of it.

    Watched because I'm on a Dylan kick after catching the touring production of the absolutely excellent stage musical Girl from the North Country. This show has been divisive in almost exactly the same way Dylan's electrification was divisive: the opposition is obviously wrong. Go see it if you can.

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  • Samsara

    Samsara

    ★★★

    Cool feature-length adaptation of Madonna's "Ray of Light" video [THIS HAS BEEN A JOKE ABOUT TIME-LAPSE PHOTOGRAPHY. THANKS FOR READING.]

  • What Happened Was...

    What Happened Was...

    ★★★★½

    Like a 90-minute version of the "we all go a little mad sometimes" scene from Psycho, but you're not sure which one is Norman Bates and instead of murder there's only disappointment and confusion. Great film.