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  • The Mothering Heart
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  • On Dangerous Ground

    ★★★½

  • Meet the Parents

    ★★½

  • Smiley Face Killers

    ★★★

  • The Tomorrow War

    ★★★

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  • Very Nice, Very Nice

    Very Nice, Very Nice

    ★★★★★

    One of the great Modernist films, and the same could be said of Lipsett’s whole body of work. But even with hitting on something new and possibly unique to movies, his schtick would get old if there wasn’t such a direct evolution of form from film to film: 21-87 is like a new and improved Very Nice, Very Nice, Free Fall is his approach pushed to the edge of coherence (hence the title) - his photography becoming far more abstract and…

  • Detective

    Detective

    ★★★

    If nothing else, I’d like to consider myself an aesthete, but labels like that really only make sense as a retroactive categorization, and rarely fit on an individual level. If they do fit, you are probably dogmatically imposing your opinions onto whatever art you engage with without giving it at chance, looking for something to fit an ideal rather than being open to what the movie or whatever can offer. I know I’ve been guilty of that. That’s not to…

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  • The Unchanging Sea

    The Unchanging Sea

    ★★★★★

    griffith uses alchemy to create a film that feels like waves rolling onto shore, slowly cycling in the same direction (forwards). the waves briefly halt in order to deliver an ending with such emotional force that it will never stop reverberating into cinema's future. with films like this being made in 1910, the potential of cinema remains far from known.

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★½

    it's not exactly correct in labelling this as a gay movie/queer cinema in that it's more about two people struck by a lightning bolt of love & desire, the kind that transcends. this kind of connection isn't biased, the emphasis is on the feeling, feelings themselves, being honest with oneself. i had the thought that this could easily have been a man and woman, two women, two men. this is desire as more than sexual, as there are frequent references to the…