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  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★★

    Both Bob and Charlotte don't understand their lives. This is doubled in not understanding a city, a language, a culture. But the core is that they don't understand living. Coppola suggests a lack of understanding leads to a lack of feeling. Before they meet, Charlotte cries to her friend on the phone that she "didn't feel anything" at a temple. Bob wants to leave.

    Why does it take so long for Bob and Charlotte to get together? To show this…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★★

    Denser than I expected, in the sense of resisting easy description, in particular the kinds of language usually used for horror movies. Two grad students are researching the Candyman, a black painter who was lynched after having a child with a white woman and whose ashes were scattered where a housing project now stands. But this story is told to Helen and Bernadette by a male professor who seems predatory and dismissive, so we should be wary of this mythologizing…

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  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    The Time Traveler's Wife

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

    The only interesting idea that can be pulled from this movie is if someone told you as a child that they were from the future and that you would end up married, and constantly hammered that into your head while you grew up; would you marry them because that's how the future works or because they kinda forced themselves upon you emotionally when you were only five or six years old?

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★

    A reactionary fantasy of American iconography: fast cars, advertisements, cheap food, violent men and skinny dancing women, even before it gets to its revisionist climax. A star-vehicle for Pitt and DiCaprio (Robbie's hardly in this) to play characters experiencing a loss in popularity, and thus reason for being, they have never gone through; a false mourning if there ever was one. Formless enough, in its editing and jukebox style, to mitigate any introspection in terms of this loss and not be particularly interesting in its conservatism. Let's not settle for this only because it's the first big non-Disney film in a while.