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  • The Fountain

    The Fountain

    I saw this movie on a first date, opening day in 2006. Angsty and naïve sixteen-year-old Mike left the theater convinced that he had just seen the greatest film ever made. Spoiler alert: this is not, in fact, the greatest film ever made. However, to my pleasant surprise, it mostly holds up quite well.

    Directing his third feature after Pi and Requiem for a Dream, Aronofsky has by now formed a distinctive formal and tonal synthesis with composer Clint Mansell…

  • Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    I honestly just don't see any use for this kind of cultural analysis. At its core, this is deeply regressive politics masking as progressivism. The film too often places wholesale blame on artists and attendees rather than engaging with anything resembling thoughtful or nuanced sociopolitical critique or class analysis. And, in line with contemporary critical trends, it repeatedly falls into the trap of literally synonymizing depiction with endorsement (see, for example, the absurd inclusion of Fight Club as, I don't…

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  • Kaili Blues

    Kaili Blues

    As I was exiting the theater, I heard a man tell the woman beside him, "Y'know, this was directed by the guy who made Uncle Bowie."

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★★★

    In their third collaboration, director M. Night Shyamalan and cinematographer Mike Gioulakis offer a seamless merging of their visual sensibilities—this film showcases some of the most exciting camera direction and beautiful compositional intuitions in the auteur's career. In an era so staunchly focused on episodic, brutally message-driven media, it is almost indescribably refreshing to watch a film with a real sense for the power of well-crafted images.

    The film's far-reaching thematic ideas are its most interesting, but as with all…