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  • The Knight Before Christmas

    ★★

  • Saint Omer

    ★★★½

  • Laura Hasn't Slept

    ★★

  • Benediction

    ★★★★

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  • Neptune Frost

    Neptune Frost

    ★★★

    "Elder statesman Saul Williams has never shied away from grandiose, multivalent projects. An early adopter of both democratic distribution methods and envelope-pushing indie noise-rap, his career has been typified by restless innovation and intimidating prolificacy. Co-directed with partner Anisia Uzeyman (her second feature), Williams’ directorial debut feature, Neptune Frost, arrives with an analogously charged and audacious context.

    Conceptually inspired by his 2016 album, MartyrLoserKing, and conceived in tandem with a coming graphic novel; their film is an ambitiously overstuffed Afrofuturist…

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  • Benediction

    Benediction

    ★★★★

    December 2 Intermission Streaming Recommendation.

    Today's pick is Terence Davies' 2021 Siegfried Sassoon biopic, Benediction. A rumination on mortal and moral decorum, this chronicle of the 20th-century poet pairs Sassoon's soul-rending anger about WW1 with the ongoing impossibilities of his own happiness. On @hulu and @Kanopy.

    You can see the whole Intermission Streaming Recommendations list here.

  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    ★★½

    So many interesting visual ideas in service to such a dull and flat film. Less a cohesive piece than a series of unfortunate events strung together.

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  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★½

    Heavy metal petting.

    Really feel like I should have had a stronger positive or negative reaction to this given how hard it’s trying to make me feel something.

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

    “I doubt it, but we’ll see.”
    Hustle and Flow.

    A very rewarding continuation of Phantom Thread’s thematic concerns of partnerships vs. transactional dynamics. Toes difficult line of making these relationships literal without narrativizing them.

    PTA has long thrived in motion, but this feels crucially breathless to avoid preciousness or relationship signposting. Every passage feels dense in concept (just an endless string of schemes), but smartly blends together as a combination of youthful impulse, melancholic wanderlust, and gamesmanship. 

    On some level,…