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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★

    I think I'll pack my so-called life away into boxes. Stack high the cardboard mausoleum of tchotchkes and knick-knacks and construct a monument to my materialism. Then I'll run.

    Perhaps some future soul could find it without looking. Their curious eyes cutting through the dancing dust left behind in my wake. Reading the hand-written labels like hieroglyphics. Exhuming old ornaments my mother wrapped in paper towels. Old plates that passed from my father's father's hands to mine. Old pictures of…

  • A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    ★★★★★

    For freedom to exist in our wicked world, Brothers, it must be accepted that certain malchicks will choose ultraviolence as their means of like expression — freedom encompasses the right to choose between what is dobby and what is baddiwad. O my Brothers, this is the only way for our mushy skull mozgs to squeeze any meaning out of such mindless madness.

    The sidewalk is not only for the citizen, but for the scum, the muck alike. We are all…

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  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi

    ★★★★★

    Here I am.

    Driving down the winding roads of downtown as the sun slips behind the horizon. Fluorescent lights pour from towers of concrete before bleeding and spilling across the reflection of my windshield like some kind of constellation of bulbs raging against the inevitable night.

    Here, it's vibrant. Surrounded by so many lives being lived all at once. A symphony of secrets and tragedies blooming in a layer cake of existence. The big bang of urban development, our metallic…

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★½

    What am I?

    I am nothing and I am everything. I am a million whispers, little by little, spreading like sparks darting forth, gathering flames, growing wildfire. I am the voice that fills mouths with speeches, minds with dreams, and youth with passions. I am the glaciers shifting and the mountains moved. I am the infinite demonstrations of rebellion. I am the rally and the cry. I criticize the state and the repeated failures of our leaders. I crave change.…

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  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★★

    For centuries, masculine narratives hypnotized young men into believing that true heroes rode horses and carried pistols they never feared to fire; romanticism of the lone ranger. In the face of the enemy, heroism was just a quick draw and a trigger pull away. The cinematic delusion that violence and valor were somehow intertwined, synonymous in the pursuit of existential validation.

    Thus, as those prairie towns laid pavement in every direction and the horses fled their hitch, cowboys returned home…

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    The world tosses a coin and tells you to call it.

    Chance says tails; The gut's feeling. Possible you win. How exhilarating! What luck? Selling you on the statistical possibilities. Ignoring the probabilities. Bubbling up inside of you. The ratio of success versus failure. Forget the latter. Focus on the forecast of your soon-to-be future. Set consequences aside. Think of the jackpot, the prize, the winnings. You deserve to win and you can. You could. You will. 

    Fate says heads; The…