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  • Page One: Inside the New York Times

    Page One: Inside the New York Times

    Yesterday a link began making the rounds, its headline as biting as anything I've seen on the subject matter: "The Truth Is Paywalled But The Lies Are Free." I'd forgotten about this documentary, but a recent online rabbit hole has led me in the direction of reading selections from the late David Carr, and Page One landed in my lap last night by way of kismet. "But let us also notice something," the article notes, "the New York Times, the New Yorker,…

  • The Cremator

    The Cremator

    ★★★★

    The sophisticated psychopathy on display in Rudolf Hrusínský's lead character (Kopfrkingl) bears a deceptive contrast to the lavish extremes exhibited throughout much of the film. To lower himself to the indulgences of high society would be shameful, yet shame is nowhere to be found when indulging in his own reframing of righteousness. The veil of formality is one that conceals the character's own deplorability. His mission to save and set free all around him reveals his position that even the…

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  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★

    The portrayal of childhood here is magical, and I didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I did. I'm also glad, in a way, that Totoro wasn't the focus here—it was the children and their interactions with the world, each other, and their own imaginations. That was all communicated so well, though I can't see this movie and not feel emotion over something that really doesn't have anything to do with it...

    I'm not sure exactly how my sister…

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★

    One of the words that comes to mind when thinking about this film is: “delicate.” That’s not to be taken ironically, as in: This film was “precious.” I mean the portrayal of humanity was delicate. And so completely accurate. Heartbreak in the mere “practicing” of confronting one’s partner about their potential infidelity. Portraying a freeze frame as if to signal how time becomes trapped in our minds. How many images of past loves are locked away in my own psyche,…