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  • Unforgiven
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  • Three Thousand Years of Longing

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  • Unforgiven

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  • Destry Rides Again

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  • What Lies Beneath

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  • The Double Life of VΓ©ronique

    The Double Life of VΓ©ronique

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    Kieslowski's The Double Life of Veronique is maybe most characterized by its thick sense of possibility. Of being on the verge. The camera calmly moves and then calmly sits through a world bathed in amber yellow and seaglass green, and an atmospheric quality falls over these two women's lives. Weronika and Veronique are on the precipice of their own lives, young women wrangling with their own talent, lovers, and convictions about what they want from life as they…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

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    All that which lies behind the text, behind art, behind any work, thing, or person.

    When you make a movie that is, in many ways, literally about form as an artistic and narrative concept β€” itself a form in a periodical; the reporting, editing, and writing of a piece, put front and center; frescoes vs. prints, etc; seminars, television interviews, theater plays, cartoon adaptations; manifestos to martyrs to t-shirts β€” weave in and out of these forms with purposeful near-obfuscation,…

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  • Unforgiven

    Unforgiven

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    Alas, I’ve let this sit too long before writing, so I’ll have to settle for meager words for what I do believe is a vast masterpiece about violence, about the nihilism inherent to American identity, and, maybe mostly, about story. A pinned review on my profile talks of a depiction of story that is outsized by life, one which loses the battle of grandiosity; Unforgiven is the inverse, a depiction of the bloating and blustering of story/mythologizing behind which a…

  • What Lies Beneath

    What Lies Beneath

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    What Lies Beneath, aka Drunk Hitchcock Casserole.

    - One cup Rear Window, one cup Vertigo, one cup Rebecca. Chop, then mix well.
    - Sprinkle lightly with essence of Erotic Thriller.
    - Add jump scares to taste. And if you're Bobby Z, fuck everyone else's taste and literally average a jump scare every ninety seconds.
    - Douse with two gallons of chardonnay.
    - Overbake.

    A bit o' fun! A lot o' dumb! Michelle Pfeiffer is having a blast, so I'm having…

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

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    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

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    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…