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  • Grass

    Grass

    ★★★½

    A great little gadget film! Hong's Three Colors Red?

    My favorite Hong almost for sure, the only other competition being The Day He Arrives. I gravitate towards B&W Hong because it seems to play to his elemental strengths. He's more interesting a structural tinkerer than a dramatist, though this, maybe his most complete contraption that I've seen, also displays perhaps his greatest dramatic work as well. The color Hong films seem more geared towards an emotionality that never translates for…

  • Red Tails

    Red Tails

    ★★½

    Unfortunately more like a war propaganda film grafted to a historical prestige anti-racist propaganda film than the reverse. Eisensteinian sure, but including all his lugubrious loose-tension-downtime human empathy experiments that are unwatchable in a modern dramatic context. Eisenstein, communist, rarely tried to build individual character, at least early, so his mode of collective political character (here black rather than proletarian) grafted to single distinguishing trait ciphers makes the film seem like it's just learned nothing dramaturgically since then. Painfully simple,…

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  • R.I.P.D.

    R.I.P.D.

    ★½

    I still haven't seen Seven Samurai.

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    Absolute trainwreck. I suppose we should go ahead and get the good out of the way to clear the path for My Rant©: Letitia Wright and Michael B. Jordan are extremely magnetic, the former says WHAT ARE THOSE!!!! at one point, and sometimes its aesthetic reaches the lofty heights of a LUC BESSON film!! Like Besson, its worldsense is matter-of-factly idiosyncratic for its own rather weak sake and nothing else's, which is rather emblematic of the film's ultimate championing of…