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  • An Unprecedented Campaign

    ★★★★★

  • Ornamental Hairpin

    ★★★★

  • The Angel Levine

    ★★★½

  • Night Music

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  • The Rocking Horsemen

    The Rocking Horsemen

    ★★★★

    accidentally my 1600th film hell yeah. also i want to kiss every Obayashi fan

  • Casting Blossoms to the Sky

    Casting Blossoms to the Sky

    ★★★★★

    i wasn’t sure what to expect going into Casting Blossoms to the Sky hearing that it’s a “visual essay.” this is not a descriptor that’s been ascribed to the film by it’s audience; rather, Nobuhiko Ōbayashi himself outright declares it in the opening credits.

    but from the first scene, it immediately becomes clear what was meant… the film quickly cuts from place to place, character to character, connecting them only through rapid dialogue, whether coming from a person directly or…

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  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Natalie Portman is the reason I work out. I have this fantasy where we start talking at the Vanity Fair Oscars party bar. We exchange a few pleasantries. She asks what I do. I say I loved her in New Girl. She laughs. I get my drink.

    "Well, see ya," I say and walk away. I've got her attention now. How many guys voluntarily leave a conversation with Natalie Portman? She touches her neck as she watches me leave.

    Later,…

  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    ★★★★★

    This film prompted me to dig out an old cell phone I haven’t used in two and a half years, and I found voicemails from my mother who died in April of 2014. I didn’t recognize her voice.