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  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★

    Barbara, please!

  • The Rider

    The Rider

    Because what the 21st century really needs is more films about Native Americans and addiction, written and directed by non-indigenous filmmakers. I felt this way about Songs My Brother Taught Me as well, but this one is even less nuanced. The near-total lack of critical engagement on representation in movies like this is so depressing.

    Also, minor point, but I find it frustrating when films don't subtitle dialog in indigenous languages. It's erasure.

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  • Freud: The Secret Passion

    Freud: The Secret Passion

    ★★★★

    A surprisingly thunderous movie. Charles Kaufman's screenplay isn't a biopic at all, more a condensation of the thinker's ideas into a chamber drama of heavy-handed significance. All of his theories are crammed into one patient, Cecily Koertner. Susannah York's performance is a lot more restrained than, say, Keira Knightley's in A Dangerous Method or Tippi Hedren's in Marnie. Montgomery Clift is equally modest, though that doesn't necessarily mean he's bad. It's more than the film's performances are subservient to its…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    Like Clue before it, a movie that manages to land three equally satisfying endings.