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  • School on Fire

    ★★★★

  • Cheyenne Autumn

    ★★★½

  • The Little Shop of Horrors

    ★★★

  • The Duchess

    ★★½

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  • Celia

    Celia

    ★★★★

    Josh: I’d like to introduce a guest reviewer to the Collab today, my wife, Kelly Bruce. We’re on vacation in Hawai’i and are having some pretty quiet nights here at the amazing beach where we’re staying on the windward side of O’ahu far from the resorts of Hell Scape Honolulu, so we watched this flick. Our first Collab film to watch together. Hi, Kelly!

    Kelly: Hi!

    J: We saw Celia last night.

    K: Yes, it was lovely.

    J: You had…

  • Wanda

    Wanda

    ★★★★

    A google search tells me this film was practically buried by a bad review from the overrated Pauline Kael when it first came out.

    No surprise. Kael watched films with the expectations of a populist. When a filmmaker emerged with their own rhythm, unique truth, and rarified sense of cinema, especially if the film didn't fixate on narrative or characterological satisfaction, Kael dragged them. The joys of filmic construction for its own sake eluded her. She had too much influence…

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  • School on Fire

    School on Fire

    ★★★★

    Ringo Lam paints society as a hierarchical hell characterized by male power jockeying and female enslavement. Everyone has their place in the meat grinder, and acquiring and keeping your power is in direct relation to your capacity and penchant for cruelty. Through this world youth hurtle towards a cynical, soured, and jaundice future, disabused of any ambition but the surviving or doling out of abuse itself.

    But also, it’s a little silly. I mean that in a good way.

    I’m…

  • Cheyenne Autumn

    Cheyenne Autumn

    ★★★½

    Astoundingly well-photographed 70mm landscape western. The last time Ford shot in Monument Valley, and so the end to a mythic vision of the American West. An earnest, but very clumsy attempt at understanding the Cheyenne people and expressing their experiences. Awfully focused on whitey and very often distracted from what’s actually compelling about its own narrative. Why, Second Act? Why?

    UPDATE: Amazing detail found while wiki-reading: "Ford used Navajo people to portray the Cheyenne. Dialogue that is supposed to be…

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  • Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

    Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

    ★★★½

    There are at least two sure ways to know you're on the right side of history...

    1. The Black Panthers bring you food during your sit in.
    2. The press gives you a bad ass name like "The Occupying Cripple Liberation Army".

    That powerhouse and political force of nature Judith Heumann wasn't on the stage during the signing of the ADA, after all that she did, and instead it was a bunch of white dudes, is the fucking story of civil rights movements in America.

  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    ★★★★★

    Max von Sydow was twenty-seven years old when he starred in one of the greatest films ever made. He died today. He was ninety. This is a movie about death.

    My wife found out the lump on her throat was benign today and then I watched this movie for the first time in probably twenty years while waiting for her to come home from work so I could give her a kiss. This is a movie about life.

    Death cheats at chess. Life cheats at death.

    The Max von Sydow project starts now.