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  • Distant Voices, Still Lives

    Distant Voices, Still Lives

    ★★★★

    Trauma and abuse infect and suffocate concurrent generations in a normalized, conservative WWII-era British milieu. Davies’ film trudges forward like a series of impeccably curated vintage photographs; browns, grays and blacks ever-present. A nostalgic, soft focus glow bathes this semi-musical in which song is used to drown out the voice of doubt.  There’s a dark irony in the musicality and nostalgia underlining such quotidian abuse. Davies is fantastic at capturing something that feels aesthetically so distinctly British, yet appealing to me as an American almost like a museum piece.

  • The Halliday Brand

    The Halliday Brand

    ★★★★

    Terrific cinematography, deep, theatrical staging and blocking are accentuated with understated, but effusive dolly shots galore. Multiple rules of classic Hollywood are broken, including the happy ending and the standard shot-reverse shot for dialogue. It was striking seeing an entire scene play out with Ward Bond’s patriarch character largely facing away from the camera as he spoke his dialogue to characters facing the direction of the camera. The camera sat tucked in the corner, seemingly on the far side of…

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  • Sully

    Sully

    ★★★★½

    "It's been a while since New York had news this good... especially with an airplane in it."

    Jon Ronson wrote a book titled, "So You've Been Publicly Shamed." It sought to expose a vicious proclivity in the hive mind of indignant masses. While Sully is hardly shamed in the eyes of the public, the same can't be said of the NTSB or the media; inclined as it is to service tension and forge doubt even in those having directly participated…

  • Canyon Passage

    Canyon Passage

    ★★★★★

    Easily one of the best Westerns I've ever seen, CANYON PASSAGE is elegant, intricate, nuanced and just phenomenally crafted. The writing is as vibrant as the Pacific Northwest colors that embolden the environs. At once masterfully low key and simmering with wanderlust and unrealized romance, CANYON PASSAGE derives much of its drama from questions of an existential nature. What does "home" mean in the era of burgeoning metropolises? Competing theories play out side by side as homesteaders find their "home"…