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  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes


    The best in the reboot series by a mile, for sure. I would even go so far as to say that War is my favorite Apes movie ever. This is Shakespearean as hell—not even kidding. I'm glad that the filmmakers chose to focus solely on Caesar this time, leaving the human stuff almost entirely on the sidelines for much of the proceedings. Andy Serkis delivers his most powerfully moving performance since his turn as Gollum.

  • Taipei Story

    Taipei Story


    If you've ever wondered what an Asian Antonioni film looks like, then boy is this the movie to see. Good GOD, this was stunning. I'm speechless. Edward Yang had such a perfect filmography.

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  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color


    Shane Carruth’s alluring Upstream Color is Invasion of the Body Snatchers for the art house crowd, with hogs replacing pods and identity crisis substituting for McCarthyism. That may be an awfully crude comparison but it’s the overall gist I got as I watched this beguiling, beautiful film. One thing’s for sure, the plot’s mind-control science fiction aspect plays only second fiddle to the transcendent yet universal overarching theme of emotional resonance in people in the vein of Henry David Thoreau’s…

  • Post Tenebras Lux

    Post Tenebras Lux


    Contemplative cinema can be a bitch. This most elusive of art house varieties has repeatedly rendered me awestruck, but at the same time hopelessly nonplussed all at once. With that said, the sensory experience waiting in store for viewers in Post Tenebras Lux, perhaps the most idiosyncratic and abstract work to date from Mexican, transcendental filmmaker Carlos Reygadas, can be quite overwhelming and intimidating. If one is unfamiliar with the director’s influences—namely Robert Bresson, Carl Theodore Dreyer, Roberto Rossellini, and…