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  • Cowards Bend the Knee

    Cowards Bend the Knee

    ★★★★

    Time and again, Guy Maddin's cinema has paid homage to the films of the silent era, but the master director has typically focused on distinct trends and movements. This means that even though his singular humor and focus on the past make his films very identifiably his, there is more variability in his oeuvre than there is in that of just about any other working filmmaker. With Cowards Bend the Knee, Maddin taps into the same vein that avant-garde filmmakers…

  • The Cars That Ate Paris

    The Cars That Ate Paris

    ★★½

    Film #13 in Letterboxd Season Challenge 2016–17

    Throughout The Cars That Ate Paris, there are multiple scenes of actors standing together in some kind of crowd or ensemble, and the hang-out vibe almost bristles with a potential energy that seems to indicate an element of random chance in staging and performance. Actors largely seem to base their performances around the central characteristic of incredulity, which was either the house style of Oceania in the last quarter of the 20th century…

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  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★★★½

    Visually, Birdman is a beautiful film whose appearance as one unbroken take allows us to understand the complexity of life behind the Broadway stage and the fast-paced nature of the world of theatre. It is this world where we find Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who is about to star in a stage adaptation of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love that he both wrote and directed but who struggles with his own descent from fame. Despite…

  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher

    ★★★★★

    This is the best 2014 film I have seen so far. For the entire 2 hours and 14 minutes of its runtime, Foxcatcher is riveting and awe-inspiring. This is my prediction to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, and as of now, it is my hope that I guess right.

    Bennett Miller directed this film with the kind of restraint so rare in modern Hollywood films. The atmosphere is dark and brooding, with an excellent muted color palette and…