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  • L'Avventura
  • Drive My Car
  • Belly
  • Up, Down, Fragile

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  • Serpent's Path

    ★★★½

  • Deep Red

    ★★★★

  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape

    ★★★½

  • Titus

    ★★★★

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  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★½

    Can confirm reports that this movie is not real.

  • Compartment No. 6

    Compartment No. 6

    ★★★★

    Formulaic, yes, but extremely well executed; performances were delightful and the character work was nuanced enough to make a familiar story work. Made me very happy. I also appreciated the subtle period detail… but when does this movie actually take place???

    The music and technology would imply its the 1980s, and much of the infrastructure and costuming implies that the film is from the late-Soviet era. However, the petroglyphs that Laura is looking for weren’t discovered irl until 1997, and at one point Lyokha references the James Cameron Titanic movie, also 1997. If anyone has some concrete answers or theories I would love to hear them.

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  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ½

    What happens when you combine the obnoxious visual approach to music of Baz Luhrmamn, the historical revisionism of Tarantino, the rapping ability of Will Smith and the problematic whitewashing of a ninth grade history textbook with the intolerable narcissism of Lin Manuel Miranda? Hamilton!, A frighteningly popular piece of music theatre that asks young people to look up to slave owners who set up the apparatus of systemic racism that still cripples the lives and socioeconomic development of millions of people…

  • Rhubarb

    Rhubarb

    The Films of Karsten Runquist

    Pine (2018), Rhubarb (2020) & Wave Sounds (2020)

    The essence of the cinematic art form is something much debated and discussed by film scholars, artists and regular moviegoers for more than a century now, but if there was one overriding point that could most likely provide the through line between all of these arguments it would be that a film, like any work of art, must “say” something. It must try to convey a message, or…