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  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

  • Bound

    ★★★★

  • The Matrix

    ★★★★

  • Passing

    ★★★

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  • First Cow

    First Cow

    ★★★★★

    Every frame a fucking painting.

    As a consequence of a recent deep dive into Reichardt's work, she's the filmmaker I've maybe spent the most time pondering about this year and I struggle to think of another American filmmaker that is operating on the same wavelength as her. Her preference for a slower pace of storytelling is completely singular in the American film landscape. Most Hollywood films, mainstream and indie, either have a lot of talk, a lot of action, a…

  • The Gleaners and I

    The Gleaners and I

    ★★★★★

    Will there be another filmmaker like Agnes Varda? Who else could carry a documentary in such a style with such singular personality and vision?

    In 80 minutes Varda touches on themes of class, consumerism, waste, environmentalism, art-making, aging, film-making, food, charity, community, the law, and still finds time to show us accidental footage of her lens-cap dancing when she left her camera on. And who else could pull that last-thing off with such earnestness?

    I can't imagine anyone else coming…

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  • Bound

    Bound

    ★★★★

    film: bound
    mind: wound
    thrills: found
    dont fuck: around
    wachowskis: crowned
    bloody: sound
    town: pound
    damn: zounds

  • Passing

    Passing

    ★★★

    Technically quite beautiful and well composed but the second and third acts lean into a lot of ambiguity that starts to muddy the storytelling a fair bit

    Making me think and yearn for the next season of My Brilliant Friend which is much more successful in creating a tense and complicated female friendship (obviously without the racial themes of this film, which are unfortunately somewhat superficial in treatment).

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  • Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

    ★★★

    - these two don't know how to play basketball at all
    - why does everyone dress like they're on sesame street
    - kajol carries this whole movie

  • Faces Places

    Faces Places

    ★★★★★

    If there is any filmmaker I want to be, it is Agnes Varda. Not for her filmmaking ability or creativity (which she has plenty), but for her wonderful openness to life and to the lives of others. Varda sees you, she sees you wholly as you are, despite her failing vision. Her gentle curiosity and warmth will melt your heart and so will her immeasurable capacity for understanding and feeling.

    In a film both smartly structured and yet sweetly wandering,…