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  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    “The backstory of Marla is that she had a vape business until she was Walmart-ed out of business by a great big discount vape store opening across the street, which she was furious about. I think that was her shot at the American dream played fair. She had a small-time business, she was a small-time business owner, she got screwed and then she thought, ‘Right. Chips are down. I’m going all out. I’m gonna play the system like everybody else.’…

  • Can't Get You Out of My Head

    Can't Get You Out of My Head

    Adam Curtis's best documentary since The Mayfair Set. A grand synthesis of the last 25 years of his career, and argued (mostly) with a lot more clarity than his last couple of films. I am more than a little tired with the claim that he "makes the same film every time": consistent interest in certain themes, and a distinctive form and style are not sins, especially when most widely-released documentaries now are Netflix true crime trash. The carping about "manipulative…

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  • The Dig

    The Dig

    This film is a nightmare. Watching it feels like being in the Matrix 0.1. Every oscarbait note is hit, except beneath this hyper-competent veneer you have a screaming, meaningless void.

    This is a quote from Bilge Ebiri's review in Vulture:

    "This all sounds rather melodramatic, but that is where the dig comes in. As our characters learn more about the past and the people who came before them, the small gestures of their own lives begin to feel both inconsequential…

  • Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees

    Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees

    Incredible that (apparently) the first film streamed across the internet managed to avoid all the unreasonable optimism for the medium that characterised the rest of the decade. Instead we have a piece of film-theory-fiction about the networked past, present, and future of imperialism.

    A lot of other reviewers have said that there's nothing like this, which is in part true, but it's more that this occupies the centre of a very obscure Venn diagram, which would include things like the…