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  • Not a Pretty Picture

    Not a Pretty Picture

    ★★★★★

    The first thing I notice is how James Carrington speaks about the idea of a man who is "uneducated" in one of the film's meta segments. If anything it reminds me of the way some of the boys speak in a program my college calls Sustained Dialogue. It's a weekly discussion group where you learn to have calm discussions about prejudice and identity, and how it affects us. Some members are more prepared than others. One question stands out to…

  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color

    ★★

    I am noticing this film stops working once you can no longer trust Carruth, as character, or as a guiding hand. It's a gentle balance, for a film hanging on it being narratively impenetrable, a so called puzzle movie where the puzzle pieces don't actually explain the scenes we see, it needs to work emotionally for us to understand the connection.

    If we can't trust Carruth, and his intentions, the film becomes undefinable b-roll, or worse, a straightforward narrative of…

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  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★★

    For those of you saying this wasn't clearly gay enough:
    - Columbia logo literally shoots rainbows
    - what appears to be a parody of a Subaru
    - daddy issues
    - car lands in the dashcon ballpit
    - Le Tigre song
    - Y tu mama tambien parody dvd
    - Portrait of a Lady on Fire themed short film
    - "my parents haven't figured me out yet"
    - performative femininity/cowboy/ska phases
    - pride pin
    - voiced by Abby Jacobson
    - Céline Sciamma…

  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★★½

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