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  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
  • Throw Down
  • Three Colors: Red

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  • Summer of Sam

    ★★★★★

  • Big Night

    ★★★★

  • TÁR

    ★★★★½

  • Wild Card

    ★★★

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  • The Green Ray

    The Green Ray

    ★★★★★

    (photo essay available here)

    On my first day in Portland, I saw The Green Ray.

    It’s a strange way to start a vacation, but my travels were strange from the outset. I was to be sent away for 9 days in the Pacific Northwest for 3 days at a conference. It was to be my first time traveling alone, my first time in that part of the world, my first time playing the part of a professional – and I…

  • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

    A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

    ★★★★½

    I used to work in a grocery store deli. Most of the customers would be regulars, coming daily to get the same half-pound portions of meats, cheeses, and salads. As time went on, you began to learn the little quirks for each one; Some were kind, some were funny, some were rude, but most were simply trying to get their food and go. Regardless, I was a part of their routine as much as they were a part of mine,…

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  • Summer of Sam

    Summer of Sam

    ★★★★★

    Spike Lee envisions mass paranoia, true crime, and mob mentality in its most brutally self-destructive form - one where the fervor is as a tumor within its community, eating away at the margins until the eruption threatens to consume the entire world.

    Crucial to this vision is the "margins" that Lee depicts - and the sharpness of this depiction is what makes this movie genuinely masterful. This is because Summer of Sam is only partially interested in the procedural exploration…

  • Big Night

    Big Night

    ★★★★

    The American Dream (and all the baggage that we carry in chase of it) encapsulated in a dish of risotto in a struggling Italian restaurant - impossible to sustain, but so so beautiful when laid before our eyes.

    It's beyond admirable that the film manages to depict something so fraught as a brotherly relationship with such charm and honesty. So much of this might be due to how much of an actor's movie this really is - the camera always…

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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This review is a critical look at Sound of Metal's exclusionary stance towards cochlear implants, and the ways in which it personally demeans me as a hard of hearing individual with the procedure. Sound of Metal is a worthwhile film that takes a staunchly traditionalist perspective on deafness, and while I would ultimately recommend it for the mere fact that it is one of the few fictional features that attempts to depict a "deaf perspective," that it comes at the…

  • Ritual

    Ritual

    ★★★★½

    There was a time in my life where I longed to die.

    Wake up, go to class, go to work, go to bed. Wash, rinse, repeat. The tedium, the monotony, a mask to help me confront the crushing loneliness I felt at the time. Wake up, go to class, go to work, go to bed. Wash, rinse, repeat. I wanted to heal the hole in my heart, but no matter how often I reached out, I only seemed to be…