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  • Notes on an American Film Director at Work: Martin Scorsese

    Notes on an American Film Director at Work: Martin Scorsese

    ★★★★

    The purest form of film is the simple joy of observing a moment. In this case, it's Mekas framing the last few weeks of Scorsese shooting The Departed. There's no story or dramatic arc. It's Mekas showing things as things are, filtered through his MiniDV lens. And it's a delight to watch, truly.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    These big films feel more and more like they're fanfiction of themselves. Poorly written and poorly directed fanfiction.

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  • The Circle

    The Circle

    ★★

    An executively directed film that has no idea which point to make, and thus ends up trying all of them out in the hope one of 'em will come off as profound. Needless to say, it's a mess. And I feel bad for Ponsoldt, who seems to be perfectly capable of making a proper film.

  • Such a Pretty Little Beach

    Such a Pretty Little Beach

    ★★★★

    A perpetual downpour of a story, combined with surprisingly agile cinematography, makes for an incredible French Noir. I'd say: Bresson meets The Third Man.