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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    "Even fake, crappy movie ideas want to exist. They grow in your brain replacing real ideas."

    A self-own from Kaufman for finally tackling Donald's (from Adaptation) script idea for "The Three." But maybe that was just the starting point, sort of like how Iain Reid's novel is really just the starting point for this adaptation. They are the incubation of a virus for a film about the virality of ideas. Ideas of the self--past selves, current, future selves, alternative selves,…

  • Transit

    Transit

    ★★★★★

    Christian Petzold’s "Transit" is a maze of reversals and frustrations built on a bedrock of bureaucracy and xenophobic hostility. It is a fable for our time taken from another. The director adapted his screenplay from Anna Seghers’ 1944 novel of the same name about a man and woman who attempt to flee Nazi-occupied France but find themselves stalled in a proliferation of visas and transit papers. The language and situations are the same, but the time is our own. The beguiling alchemy of Petzold’s ahistoricism lends his film a dream-like quality, at times opaque and elusive, yet always sharp with emotional distress and unsettling familiarity.

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  • The African Queen

    The African Queen

    Great on-location shooting. Really bad rear projection. You either give yourself over to Bogey and Hepburn or you abort mission because there isn't much else here.

  • Fat City

    Fat City

    The grime on this social realism is so thick you'll want a shower afterwards. Susan Tyrrell gives a Casavetes-level portrayal of a lush. What a bunch of beautiful losers!

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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    Chloe Zhao’s crepuscular eye and projection of small stories onto grand canvases invites comparison with Terrance Malick, a director whom she greatly admires. But, while Zhao plays at the notes of Malick’s lyricism, she restrains herself from indulging in his transcendentalism. Malick is on a spiritual enterprise; his characters and camera are merely the vessels. Zhao is a materialist. Her films are interested in people and the grounded reality of their lived experience.

  • Red, White and Blue

    Red, White and Blue

    Red, White and Blue is the most conventional of the first three Small Axe films. It’s the only one that really purports to be doing something we’ve already seen done many times before. It is the story of one man’s courage against a divided, racist system and his attempt to reform that system from within and achieve some sort of reconciliation. Based on a true story, Leroy Logan, a Black man, joins the London Metropolitan Police force. In following this…