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  • Blades of Glory

    Blades of Glory

    ★★★½

    Happy birthday to me <3

  • Heat

    Heat

    Mann's use of closeups, when formatted to the TV or computer screen, feel designed for this scale as they interrupt the flow of actions and images to just stop time — the world ceases to feel like it is slipping away the moment the owner of the closeup loses their grip on it, or in other cases just falls through it, leaving their body behind in the ruins of cold movement. Viewing Heat on the big screen though is another…

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  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    I attended this really wonderful lecture on superheroes and the War on Terror, and how a number of very important comics post-9/11 became self-critical in their examination of states of emergency and exceptional politics, and the autoimmune system that leads to the violent pursuit of 'order' becoming the greatest source of chaos. Because superheroes respond to 'emergency' situations and operate within a non-legal or extra-legal capacity to inflict sovereign violence on the enemy (the enemy itself prone to slippage e.g.…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ½

    Shifts critical-fashionably between polarities of dumb. Hereditary has a secret desire to lose itself to black blooded horror, but it is restrained by Ari Aster's smothering auteurism. The twist is that it's the latter impulse which manifests in ham-fisted cries and hollow shocks, some so shrill that the film inches towards something like a satisfying genre piece. It's kind of hysterical: Collette's gravity defying agony can't steal focus from the smug master crafting callous scenarios in his very own miniature…