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  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★★

    We bring ourselves to films. When I watch something, I carry it all with me into it: I'm looking for something that, maybe, will be in this film, finally. This is the one where I find that emotion, that look, that narrative gesture, that curl of smoke that says "I know you."

    But it's not like we ever really find it. I think the allure of the screen is that there is always the possibility it will be there, and…

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★★

    Scavenger Hunt #46 - 4 - something BLUE

    “If you figure a way to live without serving a master, any master, then let the rest of us know, will you? For you’d be the first person in the history of the world.”

    I had to let this one sit for a while. And the more I think about it, the more I want to envision a world without pain. Without sorrow, or war. Without waking up in the morning and…

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  • The Nightcomers

    The Nightcomers

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Less in preparation for "The Haunting of Bly Manor" and more in the spirit of that show's premiere, I finally checked out this hidden gem that I'd long had on my radar thanks to Criterion's "70's Horror" series. Except... it's not exactly a horror film. It's really a psychosexual melodrama. And I think that's ok.

    Most people, I've read, seem to suffer from high horror expectations with this film, while I was really open for it to be anything. It…

  • Smiles of a Summer Night

    Smiles of a Summer Night

    ★★★½

    Scavenger Hunt #66 - 27 - Watch a film from a director that has 4 or more films in The Criterion Collection.

    Ingmar Bergman's Cinema.

    I've FINALLY started it!!! I cracked open that baby and popped in this smiling film, setting me on a journey that will likely plunge me deep into the souls of Bergman, Ullman, Anderson, Björnstrand, and even my own.

    As far as Smiles goes, I was extremely familiar with the plot going in thanks to the…

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  • American Son

    American Son

    ★½

    This was honestly the most paint-by-numbers portrait of racism I've seen in a long time. There is nothing subtle about this play, nothing remotely nuanced or thought provoking. It feels like something White People can watch and feel Woke about because they've Felt Things. Like I mean... the monologues Kerry Washington's character gives demonstrates that perfectly. The recurring theme is "you couldn't possibly understand what it feels like" or "you can't have empathy, you don't know." Just telling people about…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ½

    This is a goddamn horror movie.

    I have never been so uncomfortable, so despondant, so on edge in my entire life. There is not a frame of this movie that is enjoyable to watch because there is absolutely no levity whatsoever. I get the message, I really do. I'm a Lynchian, I know that and I've sat through hours of discomfort willingly before. But there has to be some levity. The entire film is nothing but a note of dread…