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Quick-Thoughts: Steve McQueen’s Red, White and Blue

The final episode in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series serves as a straightforward biopic regarding real-life citizen Leroy Logan and his awakening journey into becoming a police officer, hoping to bring a domination of true justice to the oppression in London’s law enforcement system. His father who’s had a long, abusive relationship with the police […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Orson Welles’ Hopper/Welles

“Fuck the audience.” – George Orson Welles As much as Hopper/Welles is being sold off as strictly an unearthed “interview” or “preera-podcast” and not really a “true feature-length,” it’s at least apparent that icon Orson Welles hoped for this project to fit cozily into his oddball filmography. The man is undoubtedly supervising the cameras here […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Tsai Ming-liang’s Days

Wow, the shot length average in Days makes the shot length average in Rebels of a Neon God look like that one fence-climbing scene from Taken 3. Everyday solemnity brought to the big screen in some cases has a meditative “reality” forte to it, but most for that matter could probably replicate what’s been done […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Steve McQueen’s Mangrove

Episode one of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series is arguably divided as a two-act phenomenon: the first half being a brutally graphic demonstration of sheer physical perversion upon a respectable dining business and the second half being a knife-edge courtroom thriller. In doing so, it feels as if the filmmakers have literally locked us back […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Sofia Coppola’s On the Rocks

Rashida Jones’s character, Laura, seems destined to be a reflection of Sofia Coppola: a raved artist turned busy parent, someone on a writer’s block for exciting ideas, and a virtuoso who’s experienced the turmoil of dying relationships before. Laura is pushing 40, slowly molding into the housewife stereotype while, in chorus, finding out her husband […]

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Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock is Nothing Short of Endearment in a Bottle

Part two of five in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series sees the director discovering new ground, resourcing in exotic approaches, pacing, and visual communications when compared to his previous handiworks. Lovers Rock essentially boils down to a 68-minute party sequence, spanning itself a tad more than a day. There isn’t anything too remarkably extroverted about […]

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The Devil All the Time Relies Desperately on its Influences and Marvelous Performers — Maybe, Too Much?

Somebody initiate a “Robert Pattinson’s Seamless Accents Club” already! Netflix’s latest drop The Devil All the Time is a “karma bites!” type of tale, one that takes us on a journey into the questionable aftermaths of our actions that seem all too righteously intentional to be coincidences. Over and above that though, Antonio Campos’ film […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Jonathan Glazer’s Strasbourg 1518

Jonathan Glazer’s newest short film Strasbourg 1518 is an anxiety protruding ten minutes, I must say. The actual event itself, though, now that… that was exceedingly interesting to research. Cannot stress how much I adore candid yet schizophrenic dancing choreography, so I may lean with a soft spot for this short film despite it being […]

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The Live-Action Mulan Remake is a Disgrace (Not to Our Surprise)

Eh. This remake is like if Zack Snyder directed a Mulan remake but actually liked color. I must’ve watched the 1998 Mulan at least a hundred times as a kid. If you don’t know, I’m half Chinese, half Caucasian. In spite of my ethnic background, this is just coming from my experience personally, I don’t […]

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Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things is the Epitome of a Perfect “Adaptation”

Yes, I ate at a Dairy Queen for the first time in years right before watching this in celebration of the novel which features DQ as one of the main locations. AND WOULDN’T YOU KNOW IT? LOW AND BEHOLD, THE MOVIE DIDN’T KEEP THIS DEMANDING DETAIL OF THE BOOK IN IT’S TRANSFORMATION; THE MOST CRUCIAL […]