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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★★

    Countless viewings later, still so, so spooky to me. Much of what I love about horror cinema is present in the ways Carpenter generates terror here: through off-screen space; pockets of darkness; widescreen compositions; camera pans; cuts to repeated images and spaces. Halloween forces one to fear its frame—and the Shapes that lurk just outside of it. Masterpiece!

  • Cold Water

    Cold Water

    ★★★★½

    This just keeps getting better and better as it goes along. Sort of a haunting, autumnal, French equivalent of Dazed and Confused. Every scene is a banger. The music cues had my jaw hanging open. I’ve always wanted to see Nico’s “Janitor of Lunacy” used exactly the way Assayas uses it here: as the soundtrack to lost souls in a cold, rainy, pastoral landscape, captured in an glacial tracking shot that would have made Tarkovsky proud.

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★

    It’s been said that every person who bought a ticket to this film went on to create the perfect summer 2018 lookbook.

  • Person to Person

    Person to Person

    ★★★★

    Put Bene Coopersmith in every movie.