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  • 24 Frames

    24 Frames

    ★★★★★

    Discord and hamony. A miraculous film. 

    Thank you, Criterion Channel.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    The score slaps for eternity but the script craps on the gurney.

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  • Brawl in Cell Block 99

    Brawl in Cell Block 99

    ★★★★

    Vaughn is a drop-dead revelation.

    Zahler extrapolates on his propensity for character exploration through action-based study and molasses-rich yet buttery-smooth dialogue.

    In Brawl, world and character are thoroughly and economically planted -- allowing situations to unfold at a naturalist pace before the tethers of average life are pulled so taut as to snap, revealing a madcap hell of grindhouse mania underneath.

    The digital cinema employed here feels like documentary, with blown-out skies and smooth textures mimicking everyday life, even as…

  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★★★★

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

    Notes:
    -the layered visualization in Glass’s climax really astounds me. Two “others” fight each other until law enforcement step in with riot shields; they come from both sides, and thus Dunn and Kevin are surrounded, their backs to each other. Dunn pushes against the cops for their protection, and Kevin is centered in their midst out of aggression and defense. Regardless of intent, though, Shyamalan cuts the moment so, through visual language, the two “others” operate in some form of…