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  • Between Two Ferns: The Movie

    Between Two Ferns: The Movie

    ★★★

    I love the web series, and this works super well when it sticks to the interviews. Almost all of the interviews are gold. But the plot is terrible and feels like no one actually cares about it. And the interviews that are forced to serve that plot are super weak. But the interviews that work are worth the watch and there’s plenty of laughs there.

  • Un Chien Andalou

    Un Chien Andalou

    Watched at a Salvador Dalí exhibit at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville. 

    Super weird. And super graphic in a way I didn’t expect from a film from this time period. I really dig the surrealist imagery. A lot of it feels like it had to be a big influence on Lynch. The legendary eyeball slice is still pretty shocking and gross almost a century later. Dalí’s involvement is clear the whole way through, but the final shot in particular feels like one of his paintings. Really cool little short.

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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★★

    I’m biased. Everyone who knows me knows that I have a weakness for big, ambitious, arty, philosophical sci-fi. Throw in some absent father issues and I’m hooked. 

    This is maybe the most beautiful film I’ve seen this year. Hoyt Van Hoytema shot this thing so gorgeously. The space bits and the planets look incredible but the interior scenes are also stunning. Some shades of 2001, Interstellar, and a bit of Malick stirred in but it’s definitely still it’s own thing.…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    La La Land is one of those rare works of art that grabs me and won’t let go from beginning to end. The kind that makes me want to believe in love, that makes me fall in love with the process of making art, that makes me love the entire process of filmmaking. It’s this beautiful story of love and loss and sacrifice and hope and dreams that coheres together into something that makes me feel a million emotions so…