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  • Minding the Gap

    Minding the Gap

    ★★★★★

    This was an extraordinary first (or early?) feature. Bing has a natural touch and feel for camerawork (especially while skateboarding), but even more impressive was the editing that stitched together what must’ve been hundreds of hours of casual footage documenting everyday life into a fluid, breathtaking montage of his friends skateboarding, interlaced with their processes of growing up, facing and dealing with their daily grind as an adult, and paralleled with their recollections of their upbringings, of their lack of…

  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★

    A delightful celebration of life and the adage from the Simpsons that alcohol is the cause of and solution to all the problems in life. Great performance by the cast, especially Mads Mikkelsen (that amazing ending rivals Beau Travail’s!). I also really enjoyed that Spike Lee-esque montage sequence of world leaders drunk in public! Great touch.

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  • Wanda

    Wanda

    ★★★★

    Proof that you don’t need millions of dollars and top end technology to make an engrossing film that matters. This is such a simple film, yet powerful in drawing the audience into Wanda’s life and struggles. 

    As an aside, this movie reminds me of that saying attributed to Godard, that all you need to make a movie is a woman and a gun.

  • The Straight Story

    The Straight Story

    ★★★

    What an interesting Lynch film. It is almost the opposite in tone and pose, with most of his work harboring a menacing, dark tone, compared to this movie, where we all wonder at how the world could be if everyone we meet is kind and generous (also weird to see it sponsored by Disney!). Of course, it wouldn’t be a Lynch film without the occasional eccentric characters and odd events, like the twins, the random fire extinguishing exercise, the woman who cannot avoid hitting deers on the road, etc.