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  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★½

    It’s slick, tense and very well directed and shot - Deakins’ work is incredible here. I had a number of problems though. 

    1. Is it possible to please have an American film that doesn’t portray Mexico as basically one big drugs den? I’m sure there’s more to the country than illegal immigration, corrupt cops and paramilitary, no-go zones. 

    2. Why cast a female lead only to disavow her power and self-determinism at every stage? Emily Blunt’s character is kept in…

  • Last Year at Marienbad

    Last Year at Marienbad

    ★★★★★

    Haven’t mentioned seen this for something like twenty years, and it’s exactly as I remember. Or is it? 

    This is an incredible, dense, maddening film, brilliantly edited. This is film as intellectual poem, cinema as philosophical art, with the rhythm and tone of the cyclical organ music and repeated dialogue that soundtrack the film. 

    A film that will never make narrative sense, because we don’t either. 

    A unique, baffling work, this is art and avant-garde in a reflective, philosophical way.

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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

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

    It’s difficult to say exactly what my thoughts are. Firstly, the direction is brilliant, with some incredible editing and sound design. Some of the CGI is intrusive - the breathing flowers bit is overdone, but you’re never quite sure what you’re seeing. 
    But the woozy, dreamy atmosphere is brilliant, and Florence Pugh is a total revelation in the lead role. 
    Gotta say, it’s nothing like the Wicker Man. It’s a film about a woman trying to fit in, and finding…

  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★★★★

    A film about revisiting the past, determining the future, fiction and reality, ghosts, tulpas and the artifice if filmmaking. The DV is ugly as sin, but it adds a certain tone and feel to the film (as well as needing less crew and money), and of course, Laura Dern is incredible in it (Lynch was right, she shoulda got more recognition).
    Like all Lynch, it makes sense, but not if you're not ready to work a bit. It's intense, uneasy, and not Saturday night viewing, if you know what I mean. Naturally I watched it on a Saturday night, of course. Well, it is Lynch's musical.