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  • Truth and Illusion: An Introduction to Metaphysics

    Truth and Illusion: An Introduction to Metaphysics

    ★★★½

    Borzage quotes positively from Whitehead, Schopenhauer, Kant, Berkeley, even Edwards(!), so I found the omission of Bergson intriguing.

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★

    This movie is awesome, and that is its central problem.
    There’s a certain kind of filmgoer, who might be inclined to describe themselves as a cinephile, who values beauty above all else. For instance, I knew a film prof who said his idea of a perfect film was one where every frame was beautiful. There’s another kind of filmgoer, who might dive as deeply into a certain range of movies, but only or primarily those that make them say “whoa” or…

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  • Certified Copy

    Certified Copy

    ★★★★★

    Second viewing confirms this is among the handful of films I'd consider my all-time favorites. Everything I want in a film is here. (Well, I could use a chase scene with a car explosion, I guess.)

    What's the movie about? It's about an hour and forty-five minutes.

    An hour and forty-five minutes of dizzying, glorious, beautiful starts and stops, ideas and emotions, reality and fiction, truth and lies, beauty and deceit. AK demands our attention, but doesn't mind if we…

  • The Social Network

    The Social Network

    ★★★★

    Aaron Sorkin demands that at each moment you recognize exactly how intelligent he is. Every turn of phrase, overlapped sentence, and twist in the argument screams to be heard as written by Aaron Sorkin. The obvious problem with wanting people to know just how intelligent you are is that people will find out just how intelligent you are. One surmises that everything Sorkin has contemplated in relation to technology, online/offline, class, social hierarchies, elitism is right there in the script,…