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  • The Turin Horse

    The Turin Horse

    ★★★★½

    The Turin Horse is an apocalypse. A physical one in the story, a metaphysical one for the real world in which it sits. Tarr has declared this will be his last film, one final howl into the void that eats at everything. The advance of the unrelenting gale, an equalizing force bent on annihilation, defines the ultimate challenge to survival. As it slowly eats away the world, responses are not homogenous. A band of wandering gypsies embraces it and celebrates…

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★

    Joe sports a buff and scarred dad bod. His mind imitates his body, in the blueprint of "mens sana in corpore sano" but flipped on its head.
    Joe's adventures in PTSD land give the editor chances to aggravate unsatisfying scenes of violence and make the audience even more participant in Joe's point of view. One that steers clear of the genre clichès, providing a suffocating and dejected experience. There is no glamour in Ramsay's world. The systemically abusive powers of…

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  • Bicycle Thieves

    Bicycle Thieves

    ★★★★

    The pinnacle of Italian Neo-Realism, Ladri di Biciclette tells the story of post-war Rome and its new zeitgeist. Using popular vernacular throughout, somber clothes and real location shots, De Sica wants to expose us to the condition of our characters. When the only way to get work is taken away from Antonio his only choice is to go find it. Paired with his son, Bruno, played beautifully by Enzo Staiola, Antonio begins a maddening search for the one object that…

  • Stuff and Dough

    Stuff and Dough

    ★★★★

    This movie is a time capsule of late 90s Romania. After a decade of capitalism, having escaped the brutal dictatorship of Ceaușescu through revolution, the country finds itself in an economic limbo. Food products shortages are coupled with makeshift solutions to them, exposed by Puiu in the beginning. The streets are still filled with Dacias and improvised stores that re-sell the "stuff" bought in bulk from bigger distributors. This is the face of a Romania that tries and works hard…