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  • The Forbidden Room

    The Forbidden Room

    ★★★★★

    The last time I was so incapable of looking away or even being distracted was the first time I saw Eraserhead.

    This is the future.

  • S He

    S He

    ★★★★½

    Grim and perhaps overly symbolic but gosh it all works.


    Be sure to watch through the end credits for behind the scenes photos, what a monumental creative effort.

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  • An Elephant Sitting Still

    An Elephant Sitting Still

    ★★

    I'm sad to be so disappointed by this movie, given its pedigree, reception, and ultimate legacy as a last word.

    One of two things should have happened. The first option is that Hu Bo should have acquiesced to his producers' suggestions to cut the movie down to two hours. It would have been a fine first feature, not particularly brilliant but technically competent and promising of a bright career. He chose to kill himself rather than take this path.

    The…

  • The Straight Story

    The Straight Story

    ★★★★½

    This is my (quick, shoddy) translation of Boris Lokshin's essay "Make America Straight Again!" from the Russian magazine "Iskusstvo Kino", 2017.

    old.kinoart.ru/archive/2017/7-8/make-america-straight-again-prostaya-istoriya-vo-vremena-donalda-trampa

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    MAKE AMERICA STRAIGHT AGAIN! "THE STRAIGHT STORY" IN THE TRUMP ERA
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    "It is a peculiarity of our times—perhaps it’s one of the few specifically modern characteristics—that we don’t take our stories straight anymore."
    -Pauline Kael, "Bonnie and Clyde", New Yorker, 1967
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    "Yes, because I love that film, and I say now that The Straight Story…