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  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The plot of Columbus builds alongside some class consciousness, unlike most mainstream American films. 
    In one poignant scene we see a modernist building exterior with night cleaners on display inside. Workers in this scene labor exposed, unprotected, consumed by the viewer and held in a vitrine for the daughter who knows her mother is separated from a rupture in her sobriety by a thin pane of (very clean) glass. 
    I like how Kogonada makes references to other filmmakers’ works (Wong…

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  • Kalpana

    Kalpana

    ★★★★

    An incredible 3-hour Indian dance film has been restored.  The new print is banned from being shown in India, probably due to it being, in part, a moving feminist Communist propaganda film critical of the Indian government. There's also a copyright dispute and criticism of its restoration taking place outside of India, in Bologna. There are eighty different Indian dance forms included and while it's banned it's also being claimed a national treasure there, the irony. It's directed by, and…

  • A Fantastic Woman

    A Fantastic Woman

    ★★★★★

    I saw this tonight at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Daniela Vega's debut in A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica) (2017), was stunning and brutal. Finally a film starring a trans woman, played by a trans woman. 

    "The 28-year-old Chilean actress…has been winning so many raves for her performance — The Hollywood Reporter called her 'a stunning revelation,' and Times critic A.O. Scott just singled out the film as his favorite at the Telluride Film Festival…"

    Most of the articles…