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  • Southland Tales

    Southland Tales

    ★★★★★

    A gushing blood-red river of fear, pain, tenderness, and psyche-shattering foresight. There will never be another film like this ever again, and if there is, Richard Kelly will tragically not be the director allowed to make it. Part of the experience of watching this film is the haunting inevitability of it all, and the assuredness with which the film presents this is truly revelatory - no winking, just a stiff upper lip. The world will end in my lifetime and…

  • Just Beyond the Trees

    Just Beyond the Trees

    ★★★★★

    In 1991, Stephen Malkmus of the indie rock band Pavement was working on what would become his landmark 1992 release Slanted & Enchanted, a record that many still hail as one of the crowning achievements of its decade. When David Berman (his college buddy, then-roommate and former bandmate) first heard his new demos that he had composed after a summer spent in his hometown of Stockton, California, he was taken aback. "You've gone up a level," he said.

    Connor Murphy has…

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  • His Motorbike, Her Island

    His Motorbike, Her Island

    ★★★★

    Much of the writing here is a dead ringer for Murakami, so much so that it kinda pains me that Obayashi never adapted his work. Oh well. Maybe I should read the book this was based on.

    Despite some gripes, I want to rewatch this immediately. Could turn out to be my favorite Obayashi in time. A true achievement of pacing, tone and color. Gorgeous.

  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★★

    "I don’t mean to be rude, but you come to this wilderness, for what purpose?"

    I hope Chantal Akerman got a chance to watch this.

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  • Mister America

    Mister America

    I won’t belabor the point: watching this film with a packed and engaged crowd was an absolute highlight for me as a theatergoer. I honestly think that the only way I could feel this proud of something ever again was if a project I was a part of was met with a similar reception. I’ve spent so much time in the company of these characters and engaging with other fans in their mock-universe this past year, and it’s made me…

  • An Evening with Tim Heidecker

    An Evening with Tim Heidecker

    ★★★★

    "Whatever happened to U2??"