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  • Dark Days

    Dark Days

    ★★★★½

    As with any good documentary, there is something authentic and true being communicated on screen in Dark Days. As if there is almost no distinction between camera and subject. The film, a project of first-time-movie-maker Marc Singer, was borne out of a genuine connection with New York's homeless. It is not stacked with one dimensional profiles rather complex portraits of individuals and community that were pushed underground, literally, by a society which deemed them trash. The same subjects who are…

  • Streetwise

    Streetwise

    ★★★★★

    I love to fly. It's just you're alone, you've peace and quiet, nothing around you but clear blue sky. No one to hassle you no one to tell you where to go or what to do. The only bad part apart flying is having to come back down to the fucken world.

    Seattle's streets and derelict buildings are a unique place of contradiction. As in any modern, capitalist city they contain the peaks and nadirs of humanity. So too do…

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  • The Crazies

    The Crazies

    ★★½

    Without a doubt some of the funniest bad guys ever put to film. They are bumbling, petty little general's pets who embody the pathetic people who join and mindlessly enforce authoritarianism. That said the rest of the film is a bit bland. Way too much time spent on military planning and decision making. In that way it reminded me of Contagion but that movie knew how to pace itself, I mean I'm living out a pandemic here I'm primed for…

  • Boat People

    Boat People

    Watching Ann Hui's Boat People, I was reminded of a more recent film, that being Chloe Zhao's Nomadland. I can't help but see some parallels between Hui and Zhao. Both have historical ties to China, Hui born in Manchuria and Zhao Beijing. Despite these familial origins, they both seem to consider their identities as definitively *not* Chinese. Hui, Moving from Manchuria to Hong Kong, and Zhao schooled in the U.K. from 15. One can also see the resemblance in their…

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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★½

    Is critique enough to make a decent film? Sometimes, it depends. I appreciate Miike's horrific depiction of gendered society in Audition, Natali's confronting vision of capitalist modernity in Cube and even Holland's reductive animal liberation manifesto in Spoor. These movies, though lacking in political resolution, effectively communicate a point of view. In Nomadland, I can hardly make out such a critique. Its performances are impressive, and the intentions to represent the vulnerable are commendable. Though, the production through to the…

  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★

    I wish I knew my Korean history better, it might bring out a clearer analysis of this film. In particular, I'm thinking on the institution of the South-Korean police force in the 80's. I see Joon-ho as portraying the officers in the midst of simultaneous identity crises. Park, an inept grifter who has little interest in solving the case, his blunt and violent side-kick Cho and do-gooder Seo all must come to terms with their position in the force. Of…