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  • Bergman Island

    ★★★½

  • Las facultades

    ★★

  • In the Mouth of Madness

    ★★½

  • Monte Carlo

    ★★

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  • Bergman Island

    Bergman Island

    ★★★½

    Some night instead of going downtown,
    We'll stay at home and get down,
    to what I'm tryin' to say.

    Oh, I love to love,
    but my baby just loves to dance.

    What begins as a haunted kind of Hong Sang Soo film (A director whose husband is a director makes a movie about two married directors who stay in the bed of and discuss over dinner another director, whose films inspire divorce) eventually morphs into something more mystical than merely…

  • Las facultades

    Las facultades

    ★★

    A sort of sinewy Wiseman, which gives us no context or exposition, but also doesn't linger or shift focus. The Faculties is made up only a series of highly specific conversations (oral exams or rehearsal for the same) in which two people talk in the densest terms about their chosen topics: Eisenstein, sinuses, seeds, spirituality and the structure of prison hierarchies among them.

    For me the first was a highlight, because I knew the hits and misses among the answers…

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  • Weathering with You

    Weathering with You

    ★½

    Japan is the last country you would expect to take such a casual stance towards water-based natural disasters and yet, here we are with a film that assuages all blame for climate change, argues that it's just a part of the natural cycle and that we should all just continue to put ourselves first, to do whatever it takes to avoid change, like an elementally inverted but ideologically identical version of the flaming "This is Fine" meme. Pretty droll.

    As…

  • When I Get Home

    When I Get Home

    Beyonce = Disney
    Solange = Criterion