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  • High Noon

    High Noon

    ★★★★★

    The bleak, unvarnished humanity on display in this film is absolutely remarkable. And that's the key, isn't it? The fact that what could have simply been the story of a Great Man vs. Depravity is not that in the slightest. Every person the sheriff tries to recruit has their rational and understandable reasons for not joining him. As a collective, of course they should, but as disconnected individuals who would truly benefit from their noble suicide mission?

    And Will Kane…

  • Certified Copy

    Certified Copy

    ★★★★★

    Today we lost one of the world's greatest filmmaker. Maybe the greatest. This is probably my favorite film by him, definitely my favorite film of this decade, and in the conversation for my 10 favorite films of all time.

    I could say Abbas Kiarostami's films were some of the most beautifully directed works of cinema I have ever seen and how they constantly pushed the boundaries of what narrative cinema is and could be, but to look at him in…

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  • Two Days, One Night

    Two Days, One Night

    ★★★★

    How incredibly kind people are until you actually need something from them. Or how incredibly kind people are when you actually need something from them. Is this film naively positive about the goodness of humanity or just starkly realistic? Both?

    Who would have thought watching a person have the same conversation a dozen times could be so utterly engrossing? When there are as many subtleties and variations as there are here, nothing feels even remotely repetitive. Basically, a bunch of…

  • 45 Years

    45 Years

    ★★★★½

    There's profound comfort in the monotony of routine. Even after being together for only a few years, you start to settle into a groove. Saturdays mean X, Wednesday evening mean Y. How precisely that becomes perfected after a decade, two (or 4 1/2 perhaps) boggles the mind. To know, or at least think you know, another person completely can be wonderful and grating in equal measure. To realize after all that time that there may have been important pieces that…