Donald Borenstein

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  • Johnny Mnemonic

    Johnny Mnemonic

    ★★★★

    B&W cut. Putting this here to remind myself to go long on this but man... This movie was absolutely lit for black and white. Seek this version out if you get the chance. The mood lands so much more clearly, the early 90s CGi that feels cheesy in color becomes genuinely captivating. Prescient, entirely aware of what it is, full of big scenery-chewing performances that all absolutely rip. This is all useless word salad that I'll clean up later, all you need to know is that I loved it

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  • Mister America

    Mister America

    3 bags for no VFA footage, but an additional 2 bags for an essential & incisive portrait of the kind of pitiful grifter who defines the american cultural imagination at this point. tim heidecker's s/t character has been the only essential skewering of Trump and the politics of persona in this decade, because he gets it more than anyone else: when you strip away all the money, you get the saddest man alive, someone who simply tries to will his delusions…

  • 8th Annual On Cinema Oscar Special

    8th Annual On Cinema Oscar Special

    ★★★★★

    Tim Heidecker's career has been marked by bringing aggressively experimental filmmaking techniques into comedy, regardless of who he's collaborating with. With On Cinema/Mister America, he, Turkington, Eric Motorola, and the entire On Cinema team have skipped ahead to coming up with their own techniques, radically experimenting with form, technology, and delivery, all in the service of one of the most densely plotted narratives in contemporary fiction.

    The annual On Cinema Oscar special is always a 4 hour marathon of cringe…