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  • Sucker Punch

    Sucker Punch

    ★★★★★

    Haven't seen a Snyder cut since Man of Steel and wanted to revisit at least one before watching Army Of The Dead and frankly can't be bothered with his DC run but this one has always stayed on my mind for the last ten years, hyper-specifically the Army of Me cut and the images of the first fight against the samurais. For me this locates a feminine sensibility -- the softness of Bjork's voice pushed against those hard, deep bases,…

  • Sergeant Rutledge

    Sergeant Rutledge

    ★★★½

    Since this is Hollywood the case is made before the trial even begins. What then remains of interest is less the process itself than the mechanism through which it is filtered and realized. In Ford's case this has always been the army and learning to live, while governed by laws which can't account for a man's live in the field. Black bodies shortly before freed and already back to be owned by the state and work towards the common colonial…

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  • MS Slavic 7

    MS Slavic 7

    ★★★★

    Five years ago after an internship in a literary archive, I stayed for another half year as a freelancer and indexed and catalogued the estate of an author we recently acquired, an estate which also included a box of love letters. As I was reading the correspondence, I found it impossible not to get attached to them emotionally - and at the same time it felt like a breach of trust. The letters are so naked, so vulnerable, the writer…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★½

    Was gonna do a Mank meme review and be done with it but found myself (reluctantly) touched by parts of it so here goes a little write up. As an aesthetic object: ghastly malformed kitsch, given the smear of prestige and the stink of sentimentality to be snorted up like cocaine by the Oscars. As historical fiction as usual written both removed from and hailed for its times, showing Hollywood as backroom screwballin' and politickin', a parade of quotes and…