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  • The Philadelphia Story
  • The Thing
  • The Apartment
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

  • The Velvet Underground

  • Gate II

  • The Gate

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    In the first movie, "what is the Matrix" was a question about the nature of reality. In Resurrections, it kicks off a branding discussion. I don't know that I've ever seen a movie that so explicitly didn't want to be made, that isn't just aware that it is superfluous but that seems to want you to feel guilty for even being curious about it. Neo and Trinity are back because either Warner Media or the engagement algorithm that secretly drives…

  • The Velvet Underground

    The Velvet Underground

    I adore the energy Jonathan Richman brings to his segments.

    Haynes certainly does what he sets out to do, elevating his favourite band while also bringing them down to earth by spending so much time establishing their context. The pre-Velvets parts were maybe my favourite, the rest being a well-worn story and way too heavy on Warhol, who may be what made the Velvets' career possible but isn't what made them interesting.

    What a band, though.

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    The Turning Point

    ★★½

    The animation is top-notch, but as visually inventive as some of the shots are, the entire message is there in the first few seconds. Happiness at least had the contrast between the bleak visuals and the serene soundtrack to provide a point of friction. Not that this film's subject is an issue that requires a ton of nuance--I get that the whole point here is a reminder of how goddamn horrible we are--but once that's established the film just has nowhere to go.