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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    Willem Dafoe repeatedly gas-lighting Robert Pattinson is hilarious and maddening. As a matter of fact, everything is maddening, from the aggressive gulls to the farts to the isolation to the constant gas-lighting.

    It's impossible to imagine anyone but Willem Dafoe playing that role. Everything about him - face, voice, how he carries himself - is perfect for it. Robert Pattinson is great as well.

    The Melville inspired dialogue is beautiful and horrible.

    I preferred The Witch slightly, but I'll keep watching anything Robert Eggers makes.

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    Exactly what I hoped it would be: a solid whodunit with a great detective and an excellent set of suspects. Highly recommended! (I was able to guess at least one of the big twists right away, so that was nice!)

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  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    Long Day's Journey Into Night

    ★★★★★

    I was not expecting this to be so steeped in Tarkovsky: tracking shots of ruined buildings in rain (Stalker), the horse dropping its apples (Ivan's Childhood), Luo carefully carrying the lantern across the room and back (Nostalghia), the references to buildings burning down (Mirror, The Sacrifice), suddenly flying with a perspective shot and voice over (Andrei Rublev), all the railroad tracks and sounds (Stalker), the glass sliding off the table (Stalker), the use of rain and water (Solaris), the spinning…

  • Burning

    Burning

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

    *SPOILERS*
    Lee Chang-dong walks a fine line: he parcels out enough evidence to convince the viewer that Ben murdered Hae-mi and will murder again, but not enough evidence to hold up in court or even get the police to investigate. Jong-su finds Hae-mi's watch and cat in his apartment, but her previous neighbor insists she didn't own a pet and the only thing connecting the watch to her is Jong-su's word, which won't hold up because Jong-su is too isolated…