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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★

    this was great – its first half especially is basically a long-awaited Gay Rohmer –  but someone please get me a cut of this without the Sufjan Stevens songs

  • The Intruder

    The Intruder

    ★★★½

    it's a damn shame that the transfers for most Denis DVDs seem so uniformly terrible because I feel like the texture and clarity of her images are obviously so so important. can't help but think that I would have gotten into this much more on an HD scan or 35mm presentation.

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  • 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…

  • Winter Brothers

    Winter Brothers

    ★★★★½

    imagine Joaquin Phoenix's character from The Master walks into a snow-blurred 16mm fantasia/nightmare that alternatively recalls Kelly Reichardt in its more stately moments, and Philippe Grandrieux in its more immersive and occasionally abstract mineshaft sequences. maybe a little bit of Kaurismaki deadpan humor too. these comparisons are a bit lazy and don't do the whole film justice but it's the easiest way I can describe the movie without really giving its many pleasures away. although there are some clear influences…