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  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • Le Bonheur
  • La Collectionneuse
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

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  • Black Snow

    ★★★

  • Problem Areas

    ★★★★½

  • Still Life (Betamale)

    ★★★★★

  • Creative Nonfiction

    ★★½

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    Hello. This is my first true short film. I made it with a few friends this summer and it's premiering at the Scrawls on Cinema summer showcase this Friday, August 6th, at 7:00 PM over Zoom. It's a talkie comedy that lampoons men's fraught relationship to gender, sex, and their bodies. I hoped to combine my love for the summery location shooting and ironic male protagonists of Éric Rohmer's films, light comedy films like Metropolitan or The Last Days of…

  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

    Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

    A light comedy on its face, with farcical episodic bits and a lot of physical comedy and sight gags, covering up a suspicious lack of narrative arc and suggestions of a lost romance. I think I kind of see that, but to me the film feels much more broadly about a sense of loneliness in general.

    The extremely textured soundtrack, a noted inspiration for David Lynch, constantly has something going on, be it the goofy sound effect…

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  • Still Life (Betamale)

    Still Life (Betamale)

    ★★★★★

    Roommate put me on his Snapchat story right before the central shot of the bunny yiff.

  • Creative Nonfiction

    Creative Nonfiction

    ★★½

    True mumblecore in that I couldn’t hear a lot of this because my roommate would not stop talking over this. Lena Dunham fellow queen of mixing your student film’s volume inconsistently and too low. I like the inserts of the film. Certainly shows promise and a weird sensitivity that would later show up in Tiny Furniture and Girls.

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★½

    Certainly a period piece directed by the guy who did A Ghost Story after watching Polanski’s Macbeth, similar in their beheadings and murky open landscapes and careening paths. Classical in its goal-oriented protagonist, varying only for the director’s somewhat trademark expansion and contraction of story time. Despite great costume design and performances, its direction is all over the place, occasionally sharp in its closer framing, yet falling into these weird moments in its longer staging. This is the problem with A24’s…

  • Hollywood

    Hollywood

    ★½

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

    An abominable, hideous fetishization of representation in media.

    When Moonlight won Best Picture in 2016, it did a lot of things. People saw themselves represented on screen, they were told that their stories mattered, and the industry was shown that bold, diverse stories can be profitable and critically viable in awards season. It was a watershed moment for popular American cinema, it is my tied for my favorite movie, and it is the reason why I'm in college for film.…