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  • Blindspotting

    Blindspotting

    ★★★★★

    Continuing on my mission to show this to everyone I know

    Biggest new note on this watch was how so many of the plot devices that generate tension—the most obvious one being the short amount of time left until Collin’s probation ends, but down to smaller things as well like Collin ending up with Miles’s gun—are all red herrings, none of them pay off in the traditional, clichéd way you’re lead to expect. This is not only a deft way…

  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★★★

    Biopower & Body Politics / Bodies as Politics

    "Whose body is this?"

    Hugo takes them apart; Ido puts them back together. People switch bodies, lose or exchange body parts, or have their bodies customized for the games. Bodies are everywhere and everything

    Alita begins her journey without a body until Ido gives her one that belongs to someone else; this body works for her, but it doesn't fit her, it doesn't properly serve her purposes or match her mental image of…

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  • Fallen Angel

    Fallen Angel

    ★★★★

    Con man almost accidentally cons himself into the straight life

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★

    i dno every time i watch a tarantino movie these days i find the macho posturing less a symptom of the characters than the filmmaker—sam jackson's story about making a white man suck his dick is the kind of childish homophobia not characteristic of an 1870's war-vet-turned-bounty-hunter, it's characteristic of a 21st century manchild. the repetition of "nigger" (which must be the most spoken word in the film, above "a" and "the") should be instructive of the racism of the…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    "Hey pretty girl, time to wake up."

    There was a time not too long ago when if you asked me what my favorite movie was I might have told you Mulholland Drive. There's a lot going on in the film and I certainly won't claim to understand all of it (something I might have done when it was my "favorite movie"), but I do have a reading of it that seems to answer a lot of the questions it poses,…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Ever since I joined Letterboxd, nothing has scared me more than the idea of trying to write about 2001: A Space Odyssey. The fact that everything has "already been said" about this masterpiece has itself already been said so many times that there's not even an original means of expressing my lack of originality left at my disposal. So with the knowledge that I will probably never be able to fully encapsulate what makes this my favorite movie of all…