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  • Starman
  • Nomad
  • Romancing in Thin Air
  • Untitled (For Marilyn)

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  • Wonka

    ★★★★★

  • À Nous la Liberté

  • French Cancan

  • Under the Skin

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  • Paco

    Paco

    ★★★★★

    Adelaide Film Festival 2022 #11 ("work-in-progress screening")

    Let’s get it out right off the bat(mos): Tim Carlier’s debut feature is an incredible accomplishment; at once a scrappy “friends make a movie” movie and a work of fully-formed comic and cinematic sensibility, if not maybe actual genius. The premise is simple: actress leaves film set with a mic, sound recordist has to get it back. What follows is an odyssey through parks, city blocks, house parties, churches and liminal spaces, uncovering…

  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★★★

    Movie you take a walk after and it's one of the best walks of your life.

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  • Wonka

    Wonka

    ★★★★★

    I came, I saw, I Wonka'd.



    Review coming one day, maybe, but I still don't think I've come down from the rush.

  • French Cancan

    French Cancan

    Love, work, art - it's a slippery struggle for success in one let alone all three, and Renoir gives us all the highs and lows of each with a warm and human hand, doling out wry wit, slapstick and melancholy before everything dissolves into pure, almost utopian ebullience. The whole film is non-stop knockout one-shots (and perfect waltzes with Gabin's face) before one of the greatest, most joyous sequences of montage ever. What matters is if we let cancan change us.

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  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Space Jam: A New Legacy

    ½

    The World is Hell: Hopeless Cinema

    [more to come...writing something large-ish but I'm feeling worse the longer I think about this and need to go to bed]


    Update: More thoughts added

    I have spent several hours now performing an exorcism on myself and I still only feel marginally better than I did when the lights came on and I emerged from the interminable hellscape that is this fucking movie. It is a million times more apocalyptically bleak than you could…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★½

    Please get over yourself.

    My feelings may change, and it's been a hot minute since I've seen any Kaufman so I may be in a weird place with him, but a lot of this was insufferable and crushingly disappointing. Synecdoche, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine are three films I adore, and here I just feel none of the humanity or creativity that makes those films so special. Sure, there's discomfort and moments of deeply upsetting psychological horror - as a cinematic…