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  • A Serbian Film

    A Serbian Film

    The one film I’ve seen in the “I read the Wikipedia synopsis and filled in the blanks” sense of the word.

  • That Obscure Object of Desire

    That Obscure Object of Desire

    ★★★★

    Prior experience had me dwelling on the ways in which the film's central relationship is mutually toxic. However I'd still say this is a film dealing with themes of dominance, privlige, and masculinity. The flashback narrative device, right down to Mathieu's overtly appreciative audience, feels viciously sarcastic in it's one-sidedness. Same can be said of having the titular object of desire being played by two actors, highlighting just how blinded by his shortcomings Mathieu is.

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    Masterpiece. Paul Schrader has captured post-Trump malaise better than any film I’ve seen since the election, whether intentional or not. In the climate we find ourselves in the observant are often burdened by a toxic amount of uncertainty and anger. With this in mind Schrader asks, How is it we try and justify the notion of hope when you can’t ignore the chaos in front and ahead of us? Heavy but necessary.

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    PTA’s commentary track - when’s the last time he had a commentary track for anything? - on the film's camera tests made me think of film school. How I had a loose grasp, at most, of lighting & lenses, camera settings. I knew how I wanted something to look but couldn’t quite get the technical side down. “Hey uhh do I adjust the ISO or the f-stop here?” “Does this look okay?” One time I submitted a low light assignment and…