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  • Inherent Vice
  • Personal Shopper
  • Out of the Blue
  • Tarnation

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  • Blonde

    ★★★★

  • Persona

    ★★★★★

  • Funny Games

    ★★★★½

  • Don't Worry Darling

    ★★½

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  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    ★★★★

    Wild how much more brazen conventional romantic cinema was about heterosexual romance's commonalities with sex work in this era. The movie functions as a metatext solidifying Marilyn's archetype and defining her persona as a slinky seductress who, despite her apparent ditzy airs (so as not to make her too threatening to the walking piggy banks she bleeds dry), is always one step ahead of the game. A bit of a genre mishmash, but that's fine.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★

    After seeing this movie, I left the theater last night to check my phone and hear about the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    Wait, let me preface this review because my take on this movie is irreparably tied to the exact moment that I saw it. The viewing experience was lovely -- a lively theater, sitting with a cherished loved one and a new friend, getting a little tipsy. This environment was perfect (at least for me) to enjoy…

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  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★★★★

    I have very little interest in defending-defending this film: it speaks for itself, over and over, ad nauseum. But I think there is more to the concept of the fictitious Marilyn as a synecdoche for abjection than people (especially those not engaging with the source novel) are giving it credit for -- biographical fiction is an established genre and frankly this story works far better in film format. I stand by it being visually arresting, like being locked in a…

  • Funny Games

    Funny Games

    ★★★★½

    This movie broke my brain and made me so mad when I first watched it in early high school. Turns out Haneke's provocation worked and looking back I can say it totally fucking rules. I even got my bestie who calls everything from Uncut Gems to Lars Von Trier a "romp" to admit that this is not, in fact, a romp.

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★

    There is no group in America more oppressed right now than the Licorice Pizza centrists.

    Not the evil predatory tale some have made it out to be, but not nearly as thoughtful about its characters and their relationships as some of my favorite PTA films. Quite a few great moments, but an equal amount of trite and senseless ones. Alana Haim is really brilliant though, and her character ought to have been housed in a better movie.

    This sounds harsh…

  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★★★★

    Gratuitous, but not in the pornographic way I've seen many people (a significant number of whom haven't seen the thing yet) claim it is. I'm much more disturbed by the reproductive spiritualism, wherein the film goes full Inside mode, though it's not like Norma doesn't engage with this ghost cynically. The whole thing is so expressionistic and psychosexual that it kind of startles me to see it addressed as a failure of a rote biopic, rather than a slab of…