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  • Scream

    ★★★

  • Rebels of the Neon God

    ★★★★

  • Bound

    ★★★★½

  • All About Lily Chou-Chou

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  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★½

    See, it's asymmetrical but it's also still balanced.

    Casey grew up in Columbus, Indiana, desperately cares for her mother, and, because of that, fears leaving behind everything she knows and cares for. Jin lives in Seoul, struggles to find concern for his ailing father, and eagerly anticipates the day he can return home. Youthfully unguarded, yet matured from experience, Casey is mesmerizing to be around, while Jin's stoicism and bluntness suggest an "old man" set in his ways, but all…

  • The Piano

    The Piano

    ★★★★★

    The strange thing is, I don't think myself silent. That is because of my piano.

    With a dissolve, Jane Campion construes the pitch black skirts worn by Ada McGrath and the charred stumps of a downed patch of forest. Like she does elsewhere in the film and across her career, Campion's camera obsesses over these overlaps and interactions between a body, a textural surface, and the landscape. In the moment, she asks us not only to recognize a visual similarity…

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  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★

    She really shouldn’t leave her phone around for anyone to clone.

    It started with a cordless landline. A symbol of early nineties technology, the phone's free-roaming capabilities are essential to the cold open of the original Scream, modernity's freedom transformed into a mechanism for building suspense; the benefit of connectivity granting a killer access to your private sphere. Most slasher franchises eschew electronic technology in favor of primally terrifying hardware (axes, machetes, drills), but Ghostface has consistently been associated with…

  • Rebels of the Neon God

    Rebels of the Neon God

    ★★★★

    Thinking about inches of filthy drain water filling up the entirety of your home, staining its walls, filling it with the putrid stench of sewage, mildewing the furniture, and sloshing over your naked feet every time you traverse its corridors revolts me on a visceral level. Yet, Az Tze flops onto his bed - one of the few unstained portions of his waterlogged apartment - with such disinterested resignation that it speaks volumes about his headspace.

    The youthful ensemble of…

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  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    ★★★★★

    As much as the third Indiana Jones film is about obsessive tendencies (concisely indicated by the hard cut between young and old Indy, both fighting for the Cross of Coronado), it is also about transference of knowledge. That is to say, where the Nazis burn books, Henry Jones shares them with his son. Indy is a testament to the teachings of his father, following in his academic footsteps and displaying a number of the same personality traits; he's been shaped…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    A personal aside before the review: The Alamo Drafthouse in Kansas City continues its run as the most impressive theater in the area by providing a free, early screening of Fury Road, entirely making my week!

    (EDIT 08/14/2020 - After reading accounts from KC Alamo employees - some of whom worked there during the time of this Fury Road screening - in The Pitch, I feel awful about promoting and supporting this particular location for so long now knowing that…