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  • The Blue Angel

    The Blue Angel


    In less able hands, The Blue Angel could end up a mess. Even given the same script, there's no guarantee that this story—that of an emotionally and sexually repressed middle-aged professor who jeopardizes his job, his reputation, and his very life for the love of a burlesque performer he barely knows—should work so well on any emotional level, especially after 90 years of social evolution, which should render Professor Rath, whose moral hypocrisy sets him up as less than sympathetic…

  • The Wind Will Carry Us

    The Wind Will Carry Us


    In my night, so brief, alas
    The wind is about to meet the leaves.
    My night so brief is filled with devastating anguish.
    Hark! Do you hear the whisper of the shadows?
    This happiness feels foreign to me.
    I am accustomed to despair.
    Hark! Do you hear the whisper of the shadows?
    There, in the night, something is happening
    The moon is red and anxious.
    And, clinging to this roof
    That could collapse at any moment,
    The clouds, like a…

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  • Hulk



    Remember my bad knee? Well, now it’s my good knee.

    This quote is essentially my opinion of HULK in a nutshell—I remember it being BAD, but now I know it’s GOOD. It’s definitely weird as shit, but so, so good: way more thematically textured and dynamically shot (those transitions!!!) than any superhero movie being made today. Seriously—I would rewatch this over any of the recent Marvel movies, with maybe the exception of Black Panther.

    Despite some redundantly long actions sequences…

  • Claire's Camera

    Claire's Camera


    I’m a man, so I know!

    I have no qualms with the filmmaking here—I appreciate Hong Sang-Soo’s meticulous rigor—and I even like it better than The Day He Arrives, but the script reminds me of that other Hong film (the only other one I’ve seen): 40 minutes of awkward filler draped around the barebones of a thematic throughline with a dash of self-righteous, chauvinistic intellectualism.

    The characters are so thinly drawn, their conversations so stilted and their behaviors and reactions…

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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project


    Scavenger Hunt #34 |
    19. A film starring or featuring Willem Dafoe.

    I don’t really know what I want to say about this film yet, so I’m going to review it later, after I’ve slept on it and regained my appetite.

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    Bobby, dusk settling into the sky above him, stands on the walkway of the bright violet motel over which he reigns and lights his cigarette; at the exact same moment, the whole…

  • The Cakemaker

    The Cakemaker


    A poetic, patient evocation of the powers of grief and love: a melancholy ghost story wherein the living are the ghosts, haunting one another.