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  • Autumn Sonata
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  • Millennium Mambo

    ★★★★★

  • First Name: Carmen

    ★★★½

  • Cemetery of Splendor

    ★★★★½

  • Don't Worry Darling

    ★★

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    Hello. This is my first true short film. I made it with a few friends this summer and it's premiering at the Scrawls on Cinema summer showcase this Friday, August 6th, at 7:00 PM over Zoom. It's a talkie comedy that lampoons men's fraught relationship to gender, sex, and their bodies. I hoped to combine my love for the summery location shooting and ironic male protagonists of Éric Rohmer's films, light comedy films like Metropolitan or The Last Days of…

  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

    Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

    A light comedy on its face, with farcical episodic bits and a lot of physical comedy and sight gags, covering up a suspicious lack of narrative arc and suggestions of a lost romance. I think I kind of see that, but to me the film feels much more broadly about a sense of loneliness in general.

    The extremely textured soundtrack, a noted inspiration for David Lynch, constantly has something going on, be it the goofy sound effect…

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  • Millennium Mambo

    Millennium Mambo

    ★★★★★

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

    HHH pares his formal system down to only a handful of stylistic devices (the long takes of rack focus and tilt/pan reframings that make up the bulk of the film, startling jumpcuts therein, slow-motion of characters traveling with a repeated music cue, etc.) and, like the dance music that haunts the film, still manages to find staggering, impressive variety within those constraints. While I enjoyed the earlier Flowers for Shanghai, I was left a bit cold by the narrative’s subdued, unsentimental…

  • First Name: Carmen

    First Name: Carmen

    ★★★½

    The boys, the girls
    They all like Carmen

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★½

    Certainly a period piece directed by the guy who did A Ghost Story after watching Polanski’s Macbeth, similar in their beheadings and murky open landscapes and careening paths. Classical in its goal-oriented protagonist, varying only for the director’s somewhat trademark expansion and contraction of story time. Despite great costume design and performances, its direction is all over the place, occasionally sharp in its closer framing, yet falling into these weird moments in its longer staging. This is the problem with A24’s…

  • Men

    Men

    The worst movie I have seen in a long time.

    British feminism-cum-transphobia in film form, feeling like J. K. Rowling wrote the screenplay. Isn’t androgyny so creepy? Wouldn’t it be so scary if men could be pregnant? Aren’t intersex people so spooky? Isn’t it so uncanny when there’s an androgynous chorus of voices on the soundtrack at key moments of horror? Isn’t this “elevating” horror and not simply recreating the same tropes of using androgyny as an object of horror,…