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  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

    The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

    ★★★½

    Absolutely enamoured of the costume design here, which literally cloaks the characters in the very rigid self-regards their rich interplay requires. Baumbach isn't saying much here we haven't heard from him before, but it's such fluent expression it's hard to begrudge. There's something curiously gentle going on, for all the passive and even active aggression bubbling up throughout; family tends to talk you down from the ledge as often as it pushes you off it.

  • The Pass

    The Pass

    ★★½

    Very much here for the analysis of performative masculinity in the context of fitbaw and how that particularly heteronormative environment impacts on queer lives and longing; less time for a feeble stage-to-screen mounting that feels less translation than transfer. There's nothing at all cinematic here, save perhaps the facial nuance of Tovey, who otherwise struggles to marry inner turmoil and outward laddishness. It's a shame the movie can't quite wrap its head around expressing any of these worthy ideas in a manner befitting its form, leaving it little to fall back on when its more exploitative aspects come to the fore.

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  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies

    ★★★★★

    Why do I hold Werckmeister Harmonies aloft as the greatest film I have ever seen? A huge part of it, admittedly, and the thing that makes me think it will remain my favourite film to the day I die, is its profound personal relevance. I first saw the film about 5 years ago now, at a time when my interest in cinema was in the very very earliest stages of blossoming. It blew me away. Takes that long, images that…

  • Enter the Void

    Enter the Void

    ★★★★½

    Certain films you love because they touch you personally. Others you love because they tell a story so gripping you feel part of it yourself. Some you love for their part in shaping you as a cinephile, even as a person. Then there are the handful of films you love simply because you must love: because they represent so bold an authorial vision, so striking a view of the world, so wholly unique a perspective on life through cinema, that…