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  • Collective

    Collective

    ★★★★½

    Pain falling into place in sprawling and complicated ways. The security of authority's position allows corruption to not only encapsulate the system, but swallow it whole and become it. When that happened or if it was inevitable are questions to be asked, but the endlessness of that conflict is most of what's considered here. To overhaul the entire thing is unfortunately missing the point of why it needs to be stable and consistent in the first place. Even an effective…

  • Enter the Anime

    Enter the Anime

    ★½

    A morbid curiosity for me, considering its infamy and low rating.

    Amidst some colorful interviews and the occasional insight, Enter the Anime is closer to a YouTube vlog with an inflated Netflix budget. Sporadic, gimmicky and personal in a way that pretends its ideas are somehow universal. Playing into stereotypes about Japan that do more harm than good even if done in a light-hearted way, extremely selective to the point of redefining the history of a medium around what Netflix…

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  • Mirror

    Mirror

    ★★★★★

    Tarkovsky is a bit different from other slow cinema artists that dominate other parts of the world. Like filmmakers such as Bela Tarr and Lav Diaz, Tarkovsky holds shots for long periods of time, perhaps with more camera movement than the others, yet when Tarr and Diaz move their shots, they match the mood out of necessity. Their films are slow, so their camera movements are slow as well, makes sense, and they do it spectacularly. Tarkovsky moves his camera…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★½

    Relentless pawing at some vague anti-society message, with its receipts being from strawmen and caricatures created only to reinforce it. The Joker feels necessary in this world, as a sort of rebellion against upper-class callousness. It also feels like a condemnation of an uglier reactionary lower-class that doesn't concern itself with morality so much as it does an image and an idea. But ultimately, Todd Phillips and Scott Silver can do all of that, so long as it's in a…