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  • Late Spring

    Late Spring

    ★★★★½

    "... a Noh mask was tilted in different directions and subjects were asked to report the expression they read in the face when it was placed at different angles. When the mask tilted backwards, most of the subjects saw happiness; and when tilted forward, the face became sad."

    two smiles: noriko's is largely a means of deflection and defense, her effort, however unconscious, highlighted by how often it doesn't merely relax but drops. she will, must, carry it on. her father's is a calcifying focus, which only pointedly retreats when faced with the end of interpretation, and the beginning of a job to finish

  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★½

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

    kon inverts the cruising theater kill, and empties it of the acidity toward the actualization it suggests, just so he can posit the protagonist's variously representational (i.e. the extent to which the work seemingly cares about) experiences of rape as the thing that allows her to push beyond and above the repression that he can ascribe -- it doesn't take much work! -- to the men(/tally ill) around her. a veneer of revenge covering its own argument for the necessity…

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  • His and Her Circumstances

    His and Her Circumstances

    ★★★★★

    first time i watched this i kind of knottily wrote down that "the ending, unfurling out of the whole work's heavily thought-intercutting form, is a more cohesive take on nge’s bifurcated-one in positing that the only way to reconcile separateness depends on the co-mediation of both internal and external world-(re)constructions, and yet achieves what that show couldn’t with human instrumentality, which is to do so while moving outward from its initial subjective center." this time i was at least as enamored…

  • Watchmen

    Watchmen

    double-feature rorschach's interview with the psychiatrist --

    in which the former's sunday-school fascism and the liberal face (among other harmonious faces) of the state, however much they seem at odds, both purpot forgiveness as the criterion upon which mercy is to be contingent, as rorschach offers an example of how it can be used as a weapon against the wronged; which is then framed by their disagreement about what should act as god, which presupposes their agreement on the role…