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  • Daisies
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • A Story of Floating Weeds
  • Videodrome

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  • Berliner Ballade

    ★★★½

  • Swan Song

    ★★★½

  • Old

    ★★★

  • Miss Lonely

    ★★★★

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  • Swan Song

    Swan Song

    ★★★½

    Sweet and kind to the point where it almost qualifies for Doug Dillaman's "Gentle Cinema" list, even if it's haunted by mortality. Especially for a film set in small-town Ohio (a place whose absence of chain stores and big-box retail marks it as a selective fantasy), it dodges the usual cliches of films about gay men. Without Kier, this film might not work. He brings a real dignity to a character described as “the Liberace of Sandusky.” Part of his…

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★

    Two M. Night Shyamalans fight it out in OLD. One is a director with a flair for gracefully off-kilter images that play out the film's emotional dynamics. (The reverse shots into woozy, distorted close-ups when lovers are talking to each other are a brilliant touch, as is the fragility implicit in shots where one person talking is shoved out of the frame.) The other is a sentimental cornball, but that's pretty forgivable and part of Shyamalan's personality as a director.…

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  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    ★★

    The popular idea that comedy needs to “punch up” is too simplistic. It’s not always easy to figure out who has real power – the small army of cis male comics who think transphobia is the height of free thought are rather confused about it – or how to use humor to criticize Karens roaming Wal-Mart screaming at anyone with a mask on or empty female Instagram influencers without buying into sexist attitudes. (Look at how badly jokes about Britney…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★½

    I think it's safe to say that David Fincher's reputation on Letterboxd is extremely high - last year, I saw a stat that FIGHT CLUB was the highest-rated film on the site. Something has gone awry with the reception of MANK when review after review here calls it his worst film. Having seen it, I can understand why. It pursues a curdled mixture of nostalgia and critique that, honestly, will go over the heads of a Netflix audience that's never…