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  • Scenes from a Marriage

    Scenes from a Marriage

    ★★★★½

    Kind of embarrassing how we all nerded out over Marriage Story so hard last year when this has been around for over 40 years. 

    Ullman is an absolute powerhouse.

  • The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

    The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

    ★★★½

    While I don’t agree with Zizek across the board (who even understands Zizek across the board), in concert with Sophie Fiennes, this is a powerhouse of an essay film. 

    Intertwining history, Marxist philosophy, psychoanalytic theory, and examples from popular films, Zizek makes the case that were all nearly hopelessly lost inside of some kind of ideology, and so on. 

    His insight into ideology’s grip on society is striking, even if I think he doesn’t have much to offer as a solution.

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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★½

    Double feature with Tenet. 

    You can’t fake a thought. There’s an old man who’s been the janitor in the high school forever. I’ve got chains. What happened to the lambs? And oh yeah I’ve been thinking of ending things. 

    Every member of this cast is putting in overtime. 

    The narrow edges of the frame creep closer and closer. 

    What’s that DFW said about beauty on screen? ...it’s not important he killed himself anyway. Everybody knows that. 

    How can a painting of a landscape be sad if it doesn’t have someone sitting in it looking sad?

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★½

    Tarantino's Fetish: feet.

    Nolan's Fetish: audiences straining to hear confusing exposition spoken through mouth coverings over an ear-splitting score.

    (There's so much about this movie that's honestly terrible, but the good scenes are really good and I had a great time watching it. But maybe that's just the first-time-getting-to-see-a-movie-in-a-theater-in-6-months talking.)