Ryan Swen

Ryan Swen

Favorite films

  • In Our Day
  • Limbo
  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
  • The Discarnates

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  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★★

  • Union

    ★★★½

  • Girls Will Be Girls

    ★★★

  • Ibelin

    ★★½

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  • Union

    Union

    ★★★½

    "This subject matter distinguishes itself not only via the extensive, almost entirely successful union-busting that Amazon has accomplished in the past, but also the ALU’s independent existence outside of traditional national labor unions, and the filmmakers feel fully embedded with the workers. Over the course of numerous Zoom calls and nights spent in the cold—a key part of the ALU’s canvassing was handing out free hot meals to the workers coming and going by bus across the street from the…

  • Girls Will Be Girls

    Girls Will Be Girls

    ★★★

    "The only (presumably) fully fictional film I ended up seeing online during this Sundance ended up being Shuchi Talati’s Girls Will Be Girls, another coming-of-age story, this time set in an elite co-ed boarding school in northern India. Mira (Preeti Panigrahi) begins the film at the top: in the opening scene, she is chosen to be the first female prefect in the history of the school. Immediately, she begins messing up when she meets a handsome transfer student (Kesav Binoy…

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★½

    "I don’t usually like to make my life and background the focus of my reviews, since my general inclinations are to let my observations assume their personality from what I choose to write about and to not interfere with the text itself. But Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert’s Everything Everywhere All at Once begs for me to consider it in light of this. There are certain aspects of myself that, for various reasons, I can’t bring into this piece, but suffice…

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★

    "Crazy Rich Asians otherwise has no time or inclination to explore anything traditional in Asian culture unless it is explicitly related to the plot in a way intended to draw out the nigh-villainous qualities of the Youngs. The movie’s most fundamental and detrimental demerit is its frequent flattening of characters and centuries-old practices into one-dimensional stereotypes, conflating so many different attributes so as to create something muddled and more than a little offensive."

    Reviewed this repulsive, shallow film for The Film Stage. I got a little mad.