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  • Dead Slow Ahead

    Dead Slow Ahead


    When I first read about Dead Slow Ahead a couple years ago, I expected it to be sensory cinema in the same vein as Leviathan and La libertad, a film that immersed the viewer in a world of sights, sounds, and textures. But this film is far more action-based than sense-based, concerning itself with the movement of objects rather than the impression of different sensations. Patterns of light and striking occurrences and sonic outbursts abound, but it is often in…

  • The Post

    The Post


    Steven Spielberg's recent prestige films use historical figures to great effect, actually digging into their personalities and using their situations to discover truths about the nature of existence in the United States. Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are both marvelous here, reflecting the cautious selflessness/selfishness (a balanced sense of duty to both country and company) that defines only the best capitalists of the last 100 years. There are no clear answers in The Post, and even if the film seems…

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  • Birdman



    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…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    After having seen only three of his films, I'm starting to think that Guillermo del Toro chooses to work in a "fairy tale" register because it means that he gets to be lazy with characterization and thematic development, chalking it up to the simplicity of the form. There is little other excuse that I can think of for why the villains in his films, perhaps true for The Shape of Water even more than for Pan's Labyrinth, seem to be…