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  • Daddy Nostalgia

    Daddy Nostalgia

    ★★★★

    Simple at face value, slow, and with a ton of breathing room for the characters and interactions which rush to fill in the blanks with an accumulation of details and truths that leaves you with the impression you’ve seen a beautiful and rich work. Liked this a lot.

  • The Servant

    The Servant

    ★★★½

    Very good, delightfully strange final act, even if the themes are a little easy to unpack and the overall project feels a bit mannered. There’s an integrity to the piece and it clicks on most cylinders but isn’t the exact type of cinema I respond to.

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  • Mommie Dearest

    Mommie Dearest

    ★★★★½

    Dunaway showcases a new kinda of acting altogether, a hybrid mixture of camp impersonation and full on demonic possession. Without it, the film ceases to exist. Slimy nostalgia tabloid told with outrageous bombast in an epic tale of what is essentially vignettes, a series of scenes so confusingly put together that any given cut could be anywhere between a split-second reaction shot to a "several years later" interval. Few films depend so much on their central performance, and it's one of the greatest I've ever seen.

  • Theorem

    Theorem

    ★★★★★

    The first film I've logged twice on Letterboxd, and one of my very favourite movies of all time. One of the highlights of that rich, rich period of cinema, of the heyday of European arthouse, which unlike so many of those comes not out of navel-gazing but of intense engagement with the political and cultural spirit of the times, in dialogue with Marxism, existentialism and some profane manifestation of the divine. It's a mysterious and beautiful film, and so thematically…