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  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley

    The Wind That Shakes the Barley

    ★★★★

    (lol at all the flighty reviews dismissing ken loach's filmmaking as "propaganda" when they also preface that they know nothing about The Troubles or any irish history, for that matter. any form of filmmaking or art-making is selective and political [simply by existence]. as such, the label of propaganda can be applied liberally (ha) since it's all storytelling with a takeaway message. but that's a conversation for another day; everyone go back to hailing the media behemoths of the AP…

  • Fake Famous

    Fake Famous

    ½

    When writer-director Nick Bilton said that Fake Famous would document “a social experiment,” my first thought was: Okay, so your experiment won’t have any concrete methodology. And it’s not going to provide any insight on the state of society, whatever that means. You just need something tagline-worthy to cover the costs of that pink photography backdrop, which you already wrote off as a work expense.

    Yes, influencers are fake! They meticulously engineer photoshoots, they obsess over online personas, and they…

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  • Onmyoji: The Yin Yang Master

    Onmyoji: The Yin Yang Master

    ★★½

    i admittingly watched because i wanted to see the inspiration for yuzuru hanyu's Seimei program, which draws from the soundtrack and costuming. it's really intriguing to analyze how figure skating programs are assembled with translating inspo to the ice!

    this reads exactly how you'd expect an early 2000s japanese supernatural-historical movie to be. nonetheless, the costumes are great throughout, and the real winners here are Seimei and Hiromasa
    YES we love the morally-upstanding noble + clever court retainer trope. hideaki ito outsold all you flower boys...

    also my face when i googled the director and he's a prolific maker of pinku films.

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    me: fall out, my wig