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  • Old Joy
  • Putney Swope
  • Sun Don't Shine
  • The Long Goodbye

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  • The Menu

    ★★★½

  • Dual

    ★★★½

  • Sleep Dealer

    ★★★★

  • Decision to Leave

    ★★★½

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  • The Menu

    The Menu

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Why am I here?
    Where did you go to school?
    Brown.
    Did you take out student loans?
    No.
    You die.

    Somehow weirder than Triangle of Sadness, but doesn't really sustain 2 hours. ATJ is great.

  • Dual

    Dual

    ★★★½

    riley stearns, please keep making movies about the importance of training to fight some dudes

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  • The Hottest August

    The Hottest August

    ★★★★

    Less directly about climate change than about white people's refusal to consider themselves working class and the continued belief in protestant work ethic overcoming systemic disadvantages. Great shots, maddening interviews, manages to stay away from didacticism even when you really want it. There's a guy who says "Capitalism is owning things. If you own this table, that's capitalism. So if anything, we need more capitalism. We need to be able to own clean air," and I really wanted the director to put the camera down, pull out a whiteboard, and just explain some stuff to him. I understand why she didn't though.

  • IWOW: I Walk on Water

    IWOW: I Walk on Water

    One really cool thing about Allah's film style is that having the sound and images not be directly correlated totally undermines expectations of subjectivity; it really creates a feeling of community where no one stands in for the whole, even Frenchie. As in his other films, the way he gives space to the full, wandering answers of his interviewees is great, but it strays from that more the longer the film goes on.