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  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
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  • Barry Lyndon

    ★★★★★

  • Annette

    ★★★

  • The Fog

    ★★★

  • Diary of a Mad Housewife

    ★★★★

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  • Barry Lyndon

    Barry Lyndon

    ★★★★★

    Second encounter with this masterpiece on 35mm. (I would like to think it’s the same print.) This viewing was less intoxicating but no less of a showstopper. There’s so much negative space in this film, and the musicality of its dialogue-free exchanges really makes the three hour run time feel much shorter. If anything, this film’s towering confrontation of mortality comes too soon.

  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★

    I love what Carax brings to this as a director but I think he is severely let down by the thin material. The songs just aren’t there. There are perhaps two thrilling musical sequences in this musical film, with a couple additional memorable melodies (not fully developed songs), which makes for an average of one (1) every 70 minutes. There are so many simplistic interstitials that embody the popular caricature of musical theater, singing exposition instead of deepening the drama…

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  • Promare

    Promare

    ★★★★★

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

    This film features a giant robot called Deus X Machina.

  • Atlantis

    Atlantis

    ★★★★

    Stalker by way of Apichatpong. Atlantis is a slow film that unfolds in a series of extremely striking, memorable tableaux set in a future Ukraine, after a major conflict with Russia, and against the backdrop of a shrinking global economy. The main character - a laid-off steel worker whose closest companion, also a former soldier, has committed suicide - ventures into the vast expanse of polluted battlefield to help dig up and identify decaying bodies. Knowing that their continued proximity…