Jake Cole

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  • Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind

    Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind

    ★★★★½

    As if someone found a way to simplify Straub-Huillet to their essence: of nature standing as indifferent witness to the ghosts who shaped our world. Where the Straubs use texts and music to illuminate that past, here there are only monuments, if you're lucky, to the long and violent march of American history, wrought first upon its indigenous peoples and then upon those who inconvenienced the owner class. And all the while the trees sway in the breeze.

  • A Scream from Silence

    A Scream from Silence

    ★★★

    The bait and switch opening would feel like an inspiring feminist revision on De Palma's deconstructions, akin to the first scene of Blow Out played not as a gag but a series inquiry into the ethics of depicting violence against women. Then it swiftly hits a wall, editing its footage of abuse of women along with Vietnam atrocity and French women being shaved for sleeping with Nazis in montages that don't quite gel. And for a film so interested in…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★½

    The great tragedy of Kevin Feige is that, beyond raking in a mountain of cash as the head of Marvel Studios, he truly wants to be seen as an impresario of artists. The recent dust-up caused by Martin Scorsese staring holes through Disney's stunt-casting of noteworthy emerging filmmakers to lend clout to a method of filmmaking dictated by studio notes and franchise bible supervisors punctured this self-delusion and prompted a wave of pathetic self-defensiveness in which the CEO was called…

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    ★★★★½

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

    Killing yourself to own the libs.