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  • The Long Gray Line

    The Long Gray Line

    ★★★★½

    Singularly illustrates — like so many of my favorite films — the despair that lingers between the lines of empty traditions and rituals that are tied to institutions. It all means nothing, objectively; people are just propagandized actors marching across realistic sound stages, weaving their own internal narratives to try to imbue their individual trajectories with imagined significance, all the while boxed into preexisting societal structures. The only truly profound meaning that can be extracted from a life is what…

  • On Company Business

    On Company Business

    ★★★★

    Seeing footage of US intelligence agency reps coming out and admitting that they exist solely to undermine left-wing governments abroad makes their incompetent present-day attempts to obfuscate that reality seem all the more ridiculous.

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  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

    The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

    ★★★★★

    This pushed every one of my buttons (aside from the big, gay one): it demonstrates the exploitative, dehumanizing nature of class hierarchy, the contempt the rich have for the poor, and the fundamental need for genuine, compassionate collectivism.

  • Vive L'Amour

    Vive L'Amour

    ★★★★½

    No idea why critics have repeatedly used the term "erotic" when describing this. Vive L'Amour is miserable, every character desperate for some substantive form of human contact, spending the entirety of the film in vacant apartments, displaced and without a home.