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  • Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

    Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

    ★★★★½

    Celebrity biopic boiled down to the barest essentials, just the signifiers. Really gets to the heart of the matter more succinctly than just about any other attempt. The pitfalls of consumption on multiple levels, people as commodities... it's all there.

  • Downsizing

    Downsizing

    ★★★

    The Pentangle cover was a nice touch.

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  • Hugo

    Hugo

    ★★★★

    The main contextual precursor to Hugo for me was an article Scorsese wrote in a special issue of Newsweek in 1998 in honor of the centenary of cinema. I believe the piece was called 'A Box Filled with Magic.' In it, he wrote about making flip-books as a child in order to recreate the magic he felt from film, and he said something to the effect that in all his years of making movies, he felt he had never adequately…

  • Ghost Story

    Ghost Story

    ★★★½

    Yes, it is deeply flawed; it promises something with the effect of an authentic well-told ghost story, and it does not quite deliver. But the performance of Alice Krige completely delivers. Here she shows her full potential as a great screen beauty as well as an exceptionally talented actress. Her embodiment of the haunting seduces even as it chills. It's perhaps my favorite performance ever. The cinematography by the great Jack Cardiff is tops as well. The cold, dark landscapes…