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  • Monos
  • Naked
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Barry Lyndon

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  • Here Comes Frieda

  • The Babadook

  • The Green Knight

  • The Devil All the Time

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  • Mauvais Sang

    Mauvais Sang

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

    My favourite entries on Letterboxd tend to be the ones that engage with the content of the movie, that talk about the specifics of event and character and, explicitly, how they support the message or theme, perhaps combining this with expert knowledge about the canon or the filmmakers concerned. Respect to the many insightful people I follow who do this and more. But that's not me.

    I'll always give the time of day to movies that have a good heart…

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  • Here Comes Frieda

    Here Comes Frieda

    I know Ellie Wallwork, the star! She really great here, way better than the other two.
    A good watch thanks to impressively oppressive set dressing and so on.

  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    Repulsion but with childcare responsibilities.

    I thought the ending was weak last time but I loved it this time. Is like Mr Babadook is her grief-fueled madness and she called it out and squashed it down into the darkest recesses to nurture and tame. Nicely morally ambiguous.

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  • High-Rise

    High-Rise

    ★★★★★

    Another near-masterpiece from Wheatley, perhaps my favourite UK filmmaker working today, and another entry in the subgenre of dystopic tower block fantasies along with Shivers, Dredd, The Raid, and (I guess) The Towering Inferno. It's an inherently dramatic setting: the tower's monstrous size, the claustrophobic spaces within, the vertical structure providing an obvious metaphor for society or the Freudian psyche. In this one, our hero and the architect also explicitly discuss the block as a metaphor for the body -…

  • Family Romance, LLC

    Family Romance, LLC

    A deliciously disturbing documentary version of Alps (2011). Or a mockumentary. Or fiction pretending to be a documentary. Or feature based on reality. It's so confusing, what is going on here? The subject matter is troubling enough and the layers of illusion and artifice make it much more so. That's all I'll say except that the music, mostly violins and cellos, is lovely and sad and occasionally anxious, and that it's an unusual Herzog in that he stays behind the camera—there is no narration or explanation, we have to figure it out for ourselves or, more likely, be left wondering.