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  • Losing Ground
  • Malena
  • The Handmaiden
  • The Piano Teacher

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  • Toni Erdmann

  • The Age of Innocence

  • Maiden

    ★★★★½

  • Taipei Story

    ★★★★

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    The initial scored piece is all strings - like the perfected muslin necessary for couture that fits like a glove - we hear the intent, but much is missing. Reynolds Woodcock is a revered virtuoso in fashion because of those pesky neurosis. It is my belief that when we harness our beings into the right channel, they begin to blur the imbalance of our traits because it absorbs everything without prejudice to produce excellence. The intense regimen, obsessive focus and…

  • Love

    Love

    ★★★½

    ****Warning - the following is extremely graphic, profane and long. Read at your own risk****

    I know by and large, most people saw this as a pretty looking porno, but I saw flashbacks of the heartache I was riddled with before I was even in love, and the measures I went to try to swim in an emotion that eluded me from every angle of my reflection. The unsimulated sex scenes are such that its easy to not pick up…

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  • Really Love

    Really Love

    ★★★

    I watched this three different times because I was unsure of how I felt the first two viewings. A predominant black cast and crew gripped me as soon as my eyes scanned the participants. I appreciated the ways digital and film blended, and the cinematography was stunning. So I choose not to eat up the leads and their chemistry, even though it was a distracting element. The sumptuousness of a moment in an art gallery with "August 10" by Khruangbin…

  • When I Get Home

    When I Get Home

    ★★★★

    I am quick to tell anyone that meets me where my hometown is, even if I’ve now lived in my current location for more of my life. Right or wrong, I associate more goodness with my roots in my born spot of Detroit.  I didn’t even live in the city of Detroit for more than my first few years of this life. But I always had family in the city, and whether I was visiting for a few weeks or…

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  • Late Afternoon

    Late Afternoon

    ★★★★

    I was sad when I saw this, but I didn’t cry. My grandfather, who I’m incredibly close to has dementia (or perhaps full blown Alzheimer’s - there is some unfortunate denial kept around his deterioration, and thus lack of information). When I see him, he cycles through the same story - stuck in the deepest crevices in his brain. The car company he was an executive surveyor of - wanted to relocate him, my grandmother, my mother and her four…

  • Malcolm & Marie

    Malcolm & Marie

    ★★

    Zendaya and John are five star thespians. But as soon as I saw the Kraft box I knew what it was. The words spewing from Malcolm are insufferable, whiny, relentless and not at all of or for the vessels that were speaking into the space. But for those who have collided with a narcissist - it's hard not to take this self indulgent verbal frenzy as anything other than a bullseye. A narcissist doesn't care about the emotions of another.…