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  • Peking Opera Blues
  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
  • Phantom of the Paradise
  • The Matrix Resurrections

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  • Grass Labyrinth

    ★★★★

  • A Chinese Ghost Story

    ★★★★½

  • The Ocean Waif

    ★★★★

  • Green Snake

    ★★★★★

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★★

    When logic and proportion
    Have fallen sloppy dead,
    And the White Knight is talking backwards
    And the Red Queen's "off with her head!"
    Remember what the dormouse said:
    "Feed your head. Feed your head. Feed your head"

    There's no concern given to the myth of a broader cultural legacy, only the specific effect art and revolution has on individuals moved and recognized by it. Bugs and Lexy, two of the new characters introduced as having already been freed from the…

  • Benedetta

    Benedetta

    ★★★★½

    The first thing a young Benedetta is taught: "your body is your biggest enemy"

    Such is the life in the convent, a matriarchal society spare for the rule of Jesus, here a genital-less, androgynous figure, that keeps its relative safety from patriarchal cruelty through demure posturing. Sex is power, body autonomy is power, and the restriction of the understanding of this is what allows the male reign of the time to control convents, which were essentially a haven for women…

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  • Grass Labyrinth

    Grass Labyrinth

    ★★★★

    I can see how some read this as simply a B-roll rehash of Pastoral, but aside from the chronology of their creation, this strikes me more like a proof of concept for the longer film. Perhaps it is its predecessor if allowed to dial into the psychosocial melancholy without so much of the excuse of an overall strange dreaminess. The music is better, and I may like this more overall

  • A Chinese Ghost Story

    A Chinese Ghost Story

    ★★★★½

    Funny enough, quite a bit of the romantic mechanics of loving a ghost remind me of Portrait of a Lady on Fire if it had taken the supernatural element literally.

    The imagery in this is stunning, crossfades of sheets and curtains and sunrises that add a rich texture to something stunningly romantic. Don't know why anyone would complain about zombie skeletons, it's an essential in almost any good wuxia film from my recent understanding

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  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★½

    For those of you saying this wasn't clearly gay enough:
    - Columbia logo literally shoots rainbows
    - what appears to be a parody of a Subaru
    - daddy issues
    - car lands in the dashcon ballpit
    - Le Tigre song
    - Y tu mama tambien parody dvd
    - Portrait of a Lady on Fire themed short film
    - "my parents haven't figured me out yet"
    - performative femininity/cowboy/ska phases
    - asks a girl to prom
    - pride pin
    - voiced…

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★★★

    Femininity as feral, firey violence; masculinity as docile, watery submission.

    Crash made in a generation with an innate need to put labels to every individual feeling, here that urge is reductive. A cold, metallic study of violence, responding to a world obsessed with ownership in bodily (auto)nomy. Perceptive society is as easily fooled as driving without lifting the parking brake, everything is about image and first impressions. Car shows are decked out with near nude women and human eroticism, because…