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  • The Viewing Booth

    The Viewing Booth

    [W/O]

    (0:37)

    A worthy experiment, perhaps, and possibly a useful teaching tool in media studies courses or focused examinations of the conflict in Palestine. But as a film, The Viewing Booth suffers not only from the grinding sameness of its formula -- an American, pro-Israel university student examines YouTube videos posted by both sides, and discusses how they affect her -- but from the fact that the student in question is (how do I put this delicately?) not the most…

  • Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine

    Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    [7]

    Destined to go down in the Wacky Title Hall of Fame, alongside Teenage Hooker Became Killing Machine in Daehakno and On the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Sigmund Freud in Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious, or Can the Avant-Garde Artist Be Wholed?, the debut feature by Uruguayan director Alex Piperno is highly inventive. Bearing a certain surface similarity to Eduardo Williams' peripatetic head-scratcher The Human Surge, this film ends up in a very different place than…

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  • Creepy

    Creepy

    ★★★

    [6]

    I miss the old Kiyoshi. The can't-be-sold Kiyoshi. Back in the fold Kiyoshi. That was the bold Kiyoshi. Remember Cure Kiyoshi? That wasn't your Kiyoshi? 'Cause that was my Kiyoshi. Damn, that was fly, Kiyoshi! You came with Kairo, Kiyoshi. That shit was fire, Kiyoshi! Even Bright Future Kiyoshi, that ill repute Kiyoshi. I dug it all, Kiyoshi. So why'd you stall, Kiyoshi? And then that Journey to the Shore? You got some gall, Kiyoshi!

    I miss the real…

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game

    ★★

    [4]

    If you happen to follow my Twitter feed, you'll know that I've already gotten a bit hot and bothered about this film. In retrospect, it was probably a good deal of energy wasted, or at least misdirected. I tend to forget that useless dreck like The Imitation Game is pimped on every streetcorner around Oscar season by an industry that considers movies as product, not art. Most of the time, that product is slathered in Adam Sandler, and it…