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  • We Make Couples

    We Make Couples

    ★★★★★

    After an astonishing but rewarding amount of curation & scheduling work, I'm incredibly pleased to finally announce the current, massive schedule for the 2019 Hazel Eye Film Festival, co-directed by Jordan Mumford & I. Some links are still rolling in, but I thought I'd post a "current" schedule for the online event now, as the first day of the festival does begin in 6-7 hours. All festival dates/times are, and will be, according to the Central Time Zone. The first program of…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★★

    “I don’t know what to tell you.”

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★

    "The disowned part of the self is an energy - an emotion or desire or need, that has been shamed every time it emerged. These energy patterns are repressed but not destroyed. They are alive in our unconscious."
    - John Bradshaw

    "I am inclined to disagree with Jung when he says the Shadow is the person that we’d rather not be. The Shadow is that unadorned part of ourself, it is flexible the way it stretches and contorts. The Shadow…

  • Dark

    Dark

    ★★★★★

    Paul Schrader’s
    New Rose Hotel.

  • Pink Wall

    Pink Wall

    ★★★★★

    "I have just now come from a party
    where I was its life and soul; witticisms
    streamed from my lips, everyone laughed
    and admired me, but I went away —
    yes, the dash should be as long as
    the radius of the earth's orbit
    — and wanted to shoot myself."

    - Søren Kierkegaard

    the most understanding of a failed,
    long term relationship, that I've ever,
    ever seen from a filmmaker; period.

  • The Ground Beneath My Feet

    The Ground Beneath My Feet

    ★★½

    portrays the seismic banality and vapidity of
    corporate office work pretty well, but the main
    character is so un-engagingly unsympathetic;
    why movies gotta keep villainizing mental illness
    & overlaying sequences of familial psychological
    conflict with eerie, thriller-esque music... like this
    real shit is some kind of horror movie? one scene
    in specific put me off but the rest is relatively fine
    & harmless, apart from a few questionable beats.

  • Jeff, Who Lives at Home

    Jeff, Who Lives at Home

    ★★★★

    "Victoria made me happy
    Now I can only be scared
    And people tell me that time can fix the wound.
    But that's crap.
    'Cause she's not coming back
    And life's unfair.

    "I'm always anxious and worried.
    I'm always freaked out and scared.
    And people tell me that time can fix the wound.
    But that's crap.
    Vicki's not coming back."

    - Jeff Rosenstock

  • Keep That Dream Burning

    Keep That Dream Burning

    ★★★★★

    I genuinely didn't think that Kohlberger could surpass
    It has to be lived once and dreamed twice, but good god.

  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    ★★★★★

    You thought that the discourse surrounding Three Billboards and Green Book was divisive? Let Dragged Across Concrete hold their tab, let alone their beers. Not rightfully so — no, indeed, this film is neither conservative, nor right-leaning, nor right-wing, nor alt-right — but it’s got enough provocation in it for keyboard warriors who didn’t really pay any attention to the film’s ideologies (and/or lack thereof), to crawl out of their crevices and have a field day.

  • Supersad

    Supersad

    ★★★★½

    casually just, y'know, taking the
    general process of post-production
    and, essentially, the entire fucking
    medium to its absolute limits. nbd.

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    no other film has help me more
    in the face of suicidal ideations,
    over the years, than this one here.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    "Hey, fellas."

    "Is he in black and white?"

    "Where is that wind coming from?
    "We're in a basement."

    "Wherever I go, the wind follows.
    "And the wind... smells like rain."