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  • Birds of Passage

    Birds of Passage

    ★★★★

    Cheech and Chong's Bad Dreams

    Extremely rote Greek tragedy as gangster drama, except for all of the ways in which it's not (details of indigenous Colombian ritual and belief, blunt critique of neoliberal economics, birds...lots of birds). Not a lecture or an essay or an ethnographic film, though, its primary concern is surprisingly in telling a straight forward story.

    Turns out the true disruptor was... capitalism, the weed with roots in hell.

  • Happy Death Day

    Happy Death Day

    ★★★

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

    I'd like to see one of these Groundhog Day style movies flip the character arc, and show a chipper, happy person with healthy relationships have their optimism and ability to cope slowly eaten away at by the banality, futility and drudgery of endlessly living and reliving the exact same day. [pause for punchline]. It'd be an autobiography!

    This movie wasn't bad!

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  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★★★

    "There's no tomorrow... Know why, baby? 'Cause it'll never get here." _ Jacques Renault, blank as a fart
    "Good morning, America" - Carl, after 9 a.m.

    Edges out The Sopranos hard cut to black scored with "Don't Stop Believin'" in the category of greatest way (/metastatement) to end a TV series. Opening on a television showing static (that is subsequently smashed), it's hard not to read some aspects as Lynch venting frustrations. Characters literally vanish. Cooper is anxious to see…

  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man

    ★★★★★

    Fiddling with the aerial doesn't always make the signal more clear. The cat is both dead and not dead (Clive understands the dead cat, but not the math). The man in the prologue is or isn't a dybbuk. The bookends suggest an unbroken cycle that may or may not relate to what characters have and haven't done. "Accept the mystery."

    Rabbi Nachtner: "We can't know everything."
    Larry Gopnik: "It sounds like you don't know anything! Why even tell me this…