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  • Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    Given the languor with which Tarantino approaches the nostalgic infatuation with popular media of the mid to late-20th century he’s known for, it’s a bit remarkable Once Upon a Time in Hollywood did so well in 2019. One is surely able to indulge in the obscure or imaginary references, it’s one of the film’s many joys—and the extreme violence QT is also known so well for is here, too. But there’s a sting to the nostalgia and a moral weight…

  • 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

    2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

    ★★★★½

    A reasonable account of Godard’s 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her might say that, beyond any distinct philosophies or dynamics expressed, language itself is the subject of the film. It begins with a description of the lead actress in voiceover narration, followed by a description of the character she plays—the physical characteristics given are identical, the same lack of meaning is assigned to her gestures by the words. By any account besides the narrator’s, we are looking at…

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  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    ★★★★★

    After the second watch I’m thinking this is the best movie I’ve ever seen. I’m usually not one to make this sort of judgement so hastily, but this is the kind of movie that makes you reconsider just about any other that you’ve watched. Intolerance is constantly giving you so much information that you fear throughout the runtime that you will have forgotten key elements by the end. But when the picture is finished, you can’t deny the enormity of…

  • Her Smell

    Her Smell

    ½

    Her Smell is not a movie with anything interesting to say, it exists to be in dialogue with other cultural objects. In other words, Perry has made a movie simply for the sake of making one. This comes as no surprise, anyone who sat through the accidental Ibsen/Bergman parody Queen of Earth or the bland application of the observational slice-of-(affluent)-life tone borrowed from Eric Rohmer in Golden Exits should know how plainly he bears his influences. Perry is not a…