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  • Ghost World

    Ghost World

    ★★★

    Relating to not relating.

  • The Informant!

    The Informant!

    ★★★

    Narrated digressions of the quotidian and extraordinary, locations east and west, plot twists that circle back and slip away, all of which reaffirms that the biggest fraud of all is capitalism.

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  • Evolution of a Filipino Family

    Evolution of a Filipino Family

    ★★★★★

    The past as a phantom limb, statues that move, insects as royalty. Lav Diaz's staggering epic functions in a mode of freedom in aesthetics and narrative, drawing upon a framework that seeks to reconstruct itself throughout its long runtime (~10.5 hrs). In the film, darkness threatens to engulf the frame and bleached out light approaches total whiteness and Diaz switches without fuss between video and film, while integrating in archival footage and interviews naturally both into the narrative and the…

  • The Departure

    The Departure

    ★★★★½

    Between this and Deep End, Skolimowski exercises exacting mastery of the manic energy of hyper-aroused youth, yet locating in his wayward portraits their potentially destructive qualities. He does this without ever sacrificing the comic, and indeed uses this aspect to emphasize the more disturbing aspect that lies within his protagonists. At times, it's the dialogue that punctuates the jazzy soundtrack rather than the other way around; its measured energy seems at odds with the Leaud's nervous spasms, yet the music's…