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  • Central Park

    Central Park

    ★★★★

    Ironic to watch this in the midst of social distancing and self-isolation. How dramatically we undervalue a sanctuary like Central Park, buzzing with life. Everything in America is happening in this park, it's a vital microcosm of social strata. A superimposition of what a park can mean to all peoples. In this one location are transients and theater practice, a memoriam quilt for victims of the AIDS crisis and a pride parade, careful bird watchers and gardeners evicting aphids. Communities…

  • Vitalina Varela

    Vitalina Varela

    ★★★★½

    Documenting memories by archiving space. Exploring spirits through concrete, towed walls, tiled floors. How do you say goodbye to an estranged someone that was already a ghost in your mind? How can you return to Fontainhas, whose destruction soundtracked In Vanda's Room, where half-destroyed walls are memorials. The mode of existence rendered by marching shadows of remaining citizens. Incandescent faces among ruin. Or is Vitalina the specter to Lisbon, emerging from deep shadows in this old house hitting her head…

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  • Poltergeist

    Poltergeist

    ★★★★

    12 of 33 for HoopTober 5.0

    Aged hippies calcifying into a model suburban, Regan-voting, three-children-one-dog, white-picket fence family. The kind of family that gathers around the TV for dinner, TV pervades and informs so much of Poltergeist. Their bird is named Tweety, they name check 60 Minutes. There's a funny moment early on wherein Carol Anne is intently studding the TV static, Diane comments that she'll hurt her eyes and instead of turning it off she changes it to a…

  • Dead Ringers

    Dead Ringers

    ★★★★

    20 of 33 for HoopTober 5.0

    Cronenberg considers symbiosis, that in some way twins are all siamese, connected in the ethereal sense of the word. Dead Ringers marks Cronenberg's shift into the more cerebral, nevertheless it does retain some of his latex coated trademarks. Cronenberg's direction is clinical, muted. The twinning effects are executed with surgical precision, like a scalpel cut the two film reels containing Jeremy Irons' brilliant character work and sutured them together to create a faultless image…