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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    first impressions... at once PTA's most straightforward/classically minded and yet also his most confounding in some ways. the psychology of its characters is always shifting ever so slightly – you think you have them and the film itself figured out and then it steers subtly towards different avenues. his use of music montage is probably the most mesmerizing it's ever been – Jonny Greenwood is one of the real stars here in a way he hasn't been before. all of…

  • City of Pirates

    City of Pirates

    ★★★★½

    still kind of reeling from a first viewing, but maaaan, that was something, so here's some extremely scatterbrained thoughts. it's a film that has a constant sense of amnesia at least within its visual/formal construction, dialogue, or both at the same time in the sense that any given moment is not at all dictated or caused by its preceding moment. in this sense the film is a joy to watch with Ruiz' imagination for surrealist visuals and absurdist situations unfolding…