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  • Possibly in Michigan
  • Long Day's Journey Into Night
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Inland Empire

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  • Slither

    ★★

  • Snake Eyes

    ★★★★½

  • The Triplets of Belleville

    ★★★½

  • Memoria

    ★★★★★

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★½

    To the Boy Who Fell in Love with The Matrix at 14

    Who saw, in those opening minutes,
    Trinity leap an impossible distance
    And wanted to fly

    Who did not make the first jump
    But kept leaping regardless
    Because staying tethered
    To the building he was stranded on
    Was far more agony
    Than falling to the ground
    Time and time again

    Who, despite feeling incapable
    Of ever finding another
    Who would love him,
    Genuinely,
    Unconditionally,
    Entirely for who you are,…

  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women

    ★★★★★

    After 3 years of work, my video essay on 20th Century Women is here!

    This essay tackles the film's narrative structure and presentation, examines the film as a visual essay against the history and development of that term, and looks at its empathetic resonance through a transgender lens.

    I'm really really proud of it.

    (Special thanks to everyone who inspired me and helped me grow to become the person I am now... I couldn't have articulated what this movie means…

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  • Slither

    Slither

    ★★

    Wanted to try this one at a late-night showing in 35mm on an edible because I wanted to give this somewhat of a fair shot when I've had everything from apathy to visceral loathing of Gunn's work, and this still managed to feel tedious and limp and derivative.

    James Gunn spends this film trying to be both Society and the works of Sam Raimi when he barely grasps a fragment of understanding the shock value of the former and severely…

  • Snake Eyes

    Snake Eyes

    ★★★★½

    De Palma going absolutely nuts with his shot and sequence ideas in the name of a near-bottle-film chamber piece neo-noir tackling the anxieties and moral erosion of Zionist militarization, all lengthy choreographed long take setpieces of hundreds of extras and stylish fades and split-screens and whip pans in place of cuts and overhead shots volleying between rooms of varying parties all handling matters of politicized murder via their own forms of ignorance or complete lack of awareness. The boxing match…

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  • We're All Going to the World's Fair

    We're All Going to the World's Fair

    ★★★★

    ANNA COBB!!!!!

    Oh man, this had so many things going for it that are exactly my kind of shit:

    • Reconfigurative use of horror media such as creepypasta and the occult to center on depersonalization, depressive malaise, and the desperations of suicidal ideation
    • Meditative yet unsettlingly long unbroken takes moving across several actions/locations/points of focus
    • Unpredictable Noroi-esque genre/medium pivots
    • Scenes that could haltingly change mood on a moment's notice based on a single jarring action from the…

  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    Competent and serviceable in how it's stitched together in a way Ayer's attempt at this wasn't, but when that's all this has going for it as a leg up, it gets dull fast, revealing itself as a cynical "correction" that both snarkily acts smug in its supposed superiority to the previous film and eschews any form of personality in favor of crass gory Whedonesque edginess at odds with its sand-colored undertones and fumblings toward any kind of larger meaning outside…