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  • Blow-Up


    Over the span of “Blow-Up’s” 111 eccentric minutes, our sense of space degrades — beautifully, casually, inescapably. Here, Antonioni seems to be working through his art heritage. Giotto created space with a grounded aesthetic harmony; more than 600 years later, Antonioni shattered it.

    “Blow-Up” added Pop to the melancholic Antonioni’s palette of modernity. The meditative qualities of his Monica Vitti-led tetralogy — “L’Avventura” (1960), “La Notte” (1961), “L’Eclisse” (1962) and “Red Desert” (1964) — led some critics like Sarris and…

  • My Neighbors the Yamadas

    My Neighbors the Yamadas


    Isao Takahata's magically mundane 1999 anime, and by far the most undervalued major film from Studio Ghibli. It has absolutely no use for conventional story structure—the film is instead a series of haiku-like sketches in the life of the Yamadas: an overworked dad, a worrying mom, two wily children, and a tough-as-nails grandmother who comes to terms with death. Most sketches are barely five minutes in length, and are bookmarked by punchy haikus from the likes of Basho and Buson.…

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  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight


    No, Tarantino. This is the last straw. You've gone too far, and you've proven your detractors right: you are only in it for the bloody money. (Emphasis on blood.) I've been willing to defend QT's oeuvre for a long time now, but if I want to maintain a responsible and self-respecting conscience, I have no choice but to renounce him. Despite his desire to be cinema's VC Barnum by way of a crimsony Jackson Pollock, QT has maintained an infrequent…

  • Dunkirk



    In Interstellar, love conquers all. In Dunkirk, home is where the heart is. Maybe by the time Nolan makes his space western, the truth will set us free.

    More thoughts soon.