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  • Passing

    Passing

    That's a wrap for Sundance 2021. If you want to see how I rank what I saw: here's my list

    But, this was a pretty good festival.

    The standouts for me were:

    1.) Passing, a beautifully delicate and ravishing look at navigating biracial identity in the late 20s.

    2.) Mayday, a somewhat uneven, but nonetheless ambitious and unbelievably refreshing sci-fi film about a band of women who act as sirens, drawing damned soldiers' souls into a kind of limbo to…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    Here's Johnny!

    Back in middle and high school, I had a banged up ipod video (the garish black and red U2 edition) that I treasured. It was glued to my hip those days and I'd load up the chunky piece of hardware with as many movies as I could convince my parents to buy or as I could buy with itunes gift cards I'd stock up on at the holidays. Late nights were spent huddled beneath my covers, door slightly…

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  • Beast Beast

    Beast Beast

    ★★★

    So much of Beast Beast works in the moment. A budding romance. The pent-up frustration curdled by boredom of a depressed and anxious armed twenty-something. The climactic tragedy which seems both an inevitability and, yet, a totally avoidable outcome in a culture less obsessed with the danger of outsiders and more prone to restraint.

    But, I find myself, in the end, bewildered by how shallow this examination of modern teenage American life is. There is little to no exploration of…

  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★★

    You look like Gwenyth Paltrow on food stamps.

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  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ★★★★★

    - H-how can you have two fathers?
    - Just lucky I guess...

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★½

    Don't feed me any more lines from Monsters Inc. It pisses me off.

    Full review coming to talkfilmsociety.com soon.

    But, Edgar Wright's latest is *AMAZING*. Half-music propelled heist film, half-Bonnie and Clyde-esque (kinda) love story. First scene alone cemented this as one of my favorites of the year and probably won't drop very far even by the end of the year.

    Bump this up to the top of your need-to-watch lists.