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by Zachary Goldkind

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Before We Vanish by Zachary Goldkind Film

Girl | Chad Faust

Girl is a deeply unremarkable, almost anonymous film that nonetheless testifies to the fascinating, untapped presence Bella Thorne offers.  There isn’t real reason to brood much over Girl, a uniformly monotonous thriller which features broad strokes of anonymity that bleed into a kind of wishful…

November 24, 2020
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by Zachary Goldkind Film

Gaza Mon Amour | Arab & Tarzan Nasser

Arab and Tarzan Nasser’s finely-crafted romance, Gaza Mon Amour, invokes the sensibilities of a fairy tale as a means to cultivate grand gestures of sentimentality, aided by orchestral cues and sweeping wide shots — akin to the early romanticism of melodrama — and thus…

September 23, 2020
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by Zachary Goldkind Film

Miyamoto | Tetsuya Mariko

Miyamoto hopes to manifest the power of a pendulum hanging over one’s head — swaying, seeking a point of equilibrium. That pendulum is morality: At the core of director Tetsuya Mariko’s adaptation (there’s already been a Miyamoto manga and TV series) is a rape, but…

September 17, 2020
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by Zachary Goldkind Film

Forgiven Children | Eisuke Naito

Forgiven Children is a reactionary apologist’s straw man, an irresponsible configuration of centrist thought which aestheticizes and generalizes any viewpoints that would be positioned in opposition to it. A young boy is murdered, and his murderer — another juvenile — goes free, the court…

September 14, 2020
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