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  • Knife+Heart

    Knife+Heart

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Review published at http://www.flickchart.com/blog/review-knifeheart/ on 4/15/19:


    In the 1970s, film scholars Kenneth Turan and Stephen Zito wrote the book Sinema: American Pornographic Films and The People Who Make Them, a survey of stars and auteurs of the pornographic mode of filmmaking that was at a height before the dawn of video and eventually the internet. Late in Yann Gonzalez‘ sophomore effort, Knife+Heart [Un couteau dans le coeur] (2018), a pornographic film ends and the lights in the movie theater go…

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "When one man dies, it's a tragedy. When thousands die, it's statistics."
    - Joseph Stalin

    Less a film about an event and more a film designed to reproduce an experience of an event, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (2017) is an interesting work concerning the monotony of warfare and the value of perspective. Aside from the Mark Rylance section of the story on the sea, dialogue is sparse, and emphasis on the collective protagonist is palpable as we are placed in the…

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  • Staying Vertical

    Staying Vertical

    ★★★★

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    Gender roles, specifically masculinity as a social construct, within relationships are flipped on their head in Alain Guiraudie's latest film, Rester Vertical [AKA Staying Vertical] (2016). It's a film of bleak comicality that blends perceptions of the real world with surrealism. The trajectory of this film is unforeseeable from its outset, and by the end of the film the journey that has unfolded on screen continuously outdoes the events that came before it. I saw this film at its US…

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★★★★

    "In fashion, one day you're in, and the next day you're out," cautions supermodel Heidi Klum in the reality-competition show Project Runway. Though that phrase is directed toward fashion designers, the same can be said of the cutthroat world of modeling at the center of Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film, THE NEON DEMON (2016). Co-written by Nicolas Winding Refn, Mary Laws, and playwright Polly Stenham, THE NEON DEMON has a firm grasp on competitiveness between women, and the milieu of…