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  • Tropical Malady
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  • Small Engine Repair

    ★★½

  • Days of Being Wild

    ★★★½

  • Tropical Malady

    ★★★★★

  • Tokyo Drifter

    ★★★½

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  • Small Engine Repair

    Small Engine Repair

    ★★½

    Despite the middling score above, I feel sure that this stage play adapted bro-comedy* turned drama turned slow-burn thriller largely succeeds as an exercise of genre melding. Writer/director/playwright John Pollono (who also stars in the film) nimbly shifts gears between tones, engaging in a constant shellgame of creating and then subverting expectations for where the story is headed and what these characters are motivated by. If movies were rides, this one would rate well above average.

    As an interrogation, though,…

  • Days of Being Wild

    Days of Being Wild

    ★★★½

    Before I got red-pilled* by internet auteurism, you could have convinced me that it was a crutch for a director to essentially make the same movie over and over again. Mann makes the same shoegaze-masculine arthouse action ballads with really weird first dates**, Lynch nearly always uses the dreamspace as a way to get to the underworld of Americana, Malick has been making the same movie basically since 1978, etc etc.

    Now, though, I see that so many great filmmakers…

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★½

    This is not really a review.

    What do yall think about theaters having certain showings in "Taser Rooms", where everyone attending voluntarily signs waivers and agrees to watch the movie in otherwise normal theater recliners that are fitted with decibal sensors which trigger electric shocks via the seats if talking is either too loud, too long, or too frequent?

    If I were a billionaire, I would greenlight this plan with my own theater chain, be hailed as a fascist and…

  • Late Spring

    Late Spring

    ★★★★½

    A film about transition, but furthermore, a film that embodies transition.

    There is first a movie of soft humor, ostensibly low stakes, populated with ceaseless smiles, and a movie where time (and the camera) seems to move leisurely and slowly, if at all.

    And then there gradually emerges a movie laden with the silent and universal fear of loneliness, where some of the smiles can't help but give way -- not in rejection of their former joy but in evolution…