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  • L'Avventura

    L'Avventura

    ★★★★½

    Everything is becoming hideously easy.

    As the final word in this tangled tale flashed across the screen - "FINE" - I couldn't help but feel empty. Antonioni had flipped the script, torn it up, and then burned the remaining pulp. Fifty-seven years on this feels like the freshest mystery I've ever laid witness to. An air of erotic curiosity steadily nudges the story forward as Antonioni lets the ghost of our gone girl silently watch her friend and lover find…

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★

    Where do you want to go?

    Qiwu's charcoal colored pager frozen in the clutches of the chainlink fence has got to be the loneliest image there ever was.

    Yet another piece of exquisitely wrought and emotionally precise cinema from Wong Kar Wai. I'm not as in love with Chunking as I am with In the Mood for Love, but this film is undeniably beautiful; a 4/5.

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★½

    Why are they here?

    Arrival is, in many ways, the exact story we need in this post-election climate. Whether your side won, lost, or never even had a chance, this past year has revealed a deep pain in this country. That pain isn't restricted to the left nor is it restricted to the right. So, Villeneuve's tale of unity and cooperation - unfortunately renamed from the far more apt and intimate title of its source material: Story of Your Life…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    A bit of madness is key.

    Since I saw La La Land several weeks back, I have left the soundtrack playing on repeat; while I cook, while I work, while I do nothing. But, as stunning and magical - and I think calling it magical is genuinely the only accurate way to capture the feelings this musical masterpiece conjures - as the music is, La La Land is meant to be seen, not just heard. As Sebastian notes when he…