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  • Burning

    Burning

    An engrossing 2.5 hours. The protagonist's unraveling reminding me scarily of the title character of Martel's The Headless Woman, and his anguished attempts to remember, or misremember. I'll keep coming back to the sunset dance scene a lot, I think. The use of the Elevator to the Gallows score was *chefs kiss.

  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    As I kept watching, I kept thinking about the economics of xenophobia (on a personal and more macro level), and its resonance with the politics of today.

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  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    stunning cinematography that deconstructs some of the most notable iconography of the American West, but the emotional arc is underwhelming and vexing. Re: Travis, to quote a legend, "I'm supposed to feel sorry for that bitch?" Give me the one where we focus solely on Nastassja Kinski's character pls.

  • The Headless Woman

    The Headless Woman

    ★★★★★

    Lucrecia Martel’s third feature finds the Argentine director at the height of her talents. The Headless Woman is a study of a middle-class woman, Vero, who undergoes psychic turmoil after she commits a hit and run. Vero is unsure whether it was a dog or a poor child that she distractedly struck, and around her distress Martel builds a superbly directed film that reveals the moral emptiness of Argentina’s privileged classes.

    Throughout her career, Martel has focused her camera on…