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  • A League of Their Own

    ★★★

  • Mad Max 2

    ★★★★

  • Plan B

    ★★★½

  • Original Cast Album: Company

    ★★★½

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  • Neptune Frost

    Neptune Frost

    ★★★★½

    A Jeannette by way of Bacurau that aspires to so much within its lo-fi sci-fi world. This was only my first viewing but I have a word of advice: come in ready for it to wash over you. The story will ebb and flow in relevance compared to the brilliant costuming and incendiary songs—stay tuned in to those and you'll stay on this film's wavelength (attractive people doing a Africanfuturist solarpunk musical). I've been a long-time fan of Saul Williams, but this film still caught me off guard with its ambition and innovations.

  • The Lost Okoroshi

    The Lost Okoroshi

    ★★★★

    I earnestly think that this film has similar goals to the ones that The Matrix Resurrections set out for itself, but in this case actually achieves them.

    Abba Makama and co. assembled a fascinating collage of styles that takes explicitly self-referential turns, analyzing its own story as it's being told. The actors are huge, exaggerated, and are clearly delighted to chew through scenes. The effects and action are in line with the budget (in this film's case, very modest) and…

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  • A League of Their Own

    A League of Their Own

    ★★★

    Geena Davis is one of my favorite actors but I can't say that the pacing, humor, or framing of this has aged great. Still wonderful to see a group of older women treated with depth and grace on screen in the epilogue though.

  • Mad Max 2

    Mad Max 2

    ★★★★

    An astounding blueprint for two decades of action filmmaking, right up until The Matrix let out the steam of all the trends that couldn't fit into the manic pressure cooker George Miller and co. built here.

    Mad Max 2 feels like it fits into the grand mythmaking of the early Soviet filmmakers like Sergei Eisenstein; nothing is subtle and everything is in service of movement and spectacle. To revive that style in a Hollywood film AND cement what remains the central aesthetic of post-apocalyptic imaginations, all as a Cold War commentary? This film should still be celebrated as a classic.

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  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★½

    There's a series of scenes in the second act that starts with Batman arriving in a room and talking to established characters who give him a full history of an event. He angrily goes to a different established character who says "no, it was actually like this!" and explains an alternate history of that event. This motivates him to arrive at a third room to have a different established character disagree with both versions of that history. Then there's an…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

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

    I don't remember the first time I ever wanted to die, but I do know that the most recent time was earlier today. I've never experienced any art before that has spoken to the weird (truly, weird) liminality between the most profound, sacred moments of my life and the most despairing. Rating or reviewing this feels trite in many ways, as if I was writing up a religious experience on Yelp or being asked to rank a deep friendship on…