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  • Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

    Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

    ★★★

    Chazelle's feature debut is a perfectly pleasant and thoroughly unspectacular entryway into what appears to be his trademark thematic goal leading up to (and, at least theoretically, including to a large degree minus the music angle; haven't seen it yet) First Man—loneliness and self-discovery via different vessels, with music serving as the only palatable replacement for genuine human connection and/or happiness. Here, it's jazz + looking a gift horse in the mouth + overdue recognition of what was right in…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★½

    Second viewing, first since March 2003; no change. That actually qualified as somewhat of a disappointment, though—in my mind, Suspiria's always lingered as film that I'd underestimated back in the VHS days and was likely to improve to, at the least, a weak four stars upon the inevitable rewatch. (And now seemed like the perfect time for said rewatch, with Guadagnino's remake lurking a week away.) Turns out, though, that my prior review was mostly on point; if anything, I'd…

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    I'd originally planned to write a lengthy essay on this, probably my favorite film of the decade (only Margaret is otherwise in contention) and absolutely the most personally meaningful, for my dad's soon-to-be-defunct poetry magazine Parnassus, but life got in the way—I switched companies just as the deadline was approaching and simply didn't have the hours in the day to write a 4,000 word piece with the proper checks and drafts to do my father proud. I did, however, begin

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    A movie too perfect and beautiful, too me, to really write much about...so full of glorious minutiae and intricacies, so easily paced that its massive power is almost impossible to comprehend in its entirety during an initial viewing. And while Elio and Oliver's connection/love is impeccably (and exceedingly delicately) portrayed, the father/mother/son dynamic between Elio and his parents might be even more exceptional...rarely have I felt my soul so firmly, magically intertwined with an onscreen relationship like I did here.…