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  • The Wild Pear Tree

    The Wild Pear Tree

    ★★★★

    I was caught off guard by how this really doesn't feel anything like the work of a Palme-winning festival darling. More than that, it's utterly compelling, inspired, invigorating and even daring in its style and narrative design. Its protagonist is troubling and troubled, thoroughly unpleasant to spend three hours with and yet wholly fascinating. He feels like a literary character rather than a cinematic one, maybe stripped out of Dostoevsky, but the way we experience him and his psychological state…

  • The Other Side of the Wind

    The Other Side of the Wind

    ★★★★

    Difficult in the most remarkable of ways. Considering how messy and scattered this should seemingly be, it's incredible how coherent and expressive it is. Its painful honesty is made even more poignant by its posthumous existence. And the ending...I have no words.

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  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★★

    35mm, Lightbox, best screening of life

  • Let the Sunshine In

    Let the Sunshine In

    ★★★★½

    Disjointed shot / reverse shots, adults unable to look at each other and therefore themselves. Trust in oneself as manifested in how we see ourselves reflected in strangers' eyes. One of the great relationship films—made unique and special by its focus that keeps us in a brisk trajectory of a love life freed from context and tropes. Denis, one of the true existential filmmakers, whose films seem to exist not as questions nor messages but in the space of living itself.