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  • Dance With Me
  • The Good, The Bad, The Weird
  • Hard Boiled
  • Hero

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  • From Bakersfield to Mojave

    ★★★★

  • Good Time

    ★★★★★

  • Rembrandt Laughing

    ★★★★½

  • The Scenic Route

    ★★★★

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  • Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    ★★★★★

    Out of all the things I learned, struggled with, and went through in college, there's a specific moment that changed me the most. It was during my sophomore year when I had failed half my classes from the year before and given one more chance to make it work. I was, of course, depressed and didn't know it, or more accurately I refused to acknowledge it. Acknowledgement meant that there really was something wrong, and that would mean having to…

  • Cowboy Bebop

    Cowboy Bebop

    ★★★★★

    During the summers of my childhood when my parents would work I'd go to an older woman's house where I'd make friends with all the other kids dropped off there. It was great: we'd mess around and watch tv in the morning still half-asleep from the car-ride over before doing math problems right before lunch, then play outside in her garden and back yard before heading inside to play her college son's SNES. Every summer day for a while was…

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  • From Bakersfield to Mojave

    From Bakersfield to Mojave

    ★★★★

    Something I love about Benning's works from Ruhr onwards is his insistence on lingering. Prior works contained shots that met typical expectations of shot length, the subject to be filmed either entering the frame quickly or already within and when gone so too does the film move on. This is not to say they are any lesser than his newest wave, but it was specifically their playfulness and spontaneity that defined their structuralism. New Benning sticks much closer to a…

  • Rembrandt Laughing

    Rembrandt Laughing

    ★★★★½

    "Form generated out of chaos," someone remarks as another flips through colorized fractals; this may as well be the tagline. The ashes of the big bang have reformed into the mundane lives within the film, the rocks and fossils and sand they collect, the film itself, and assuredly the viewer themselves. Mumblecore at its most epic, the macro found within the micro, the tiniest aches in our heart aligned with the oscillation of the universe. This should be some of the corniest, most self-conceited shit imaginable but somehow Jost makes it feel not just modest but quintessential to existence.

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  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★½

    We can't help but feel like the worst person in the world. Not to our friends necessarily, or our families for that matter, or even to the one(s) we share a bed with, but to ourselves. Decisions we made that we can't really call 'self-destructive', that's not quite it, but destroys our lives anyways. Destroys what we've built the last few years of our lives, and with no idea of how we'll survive after. Why do we do this to…

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★★★½

    I have absolutely zero standards.