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  • Signs & Wonders

    Signs & Wonders

    ★★★★½

    "I'm not superstitious, I do what the market tells me."

    Definitely one for my "Technological Lyricism" list, about as much as any film I've seen, even if it ultimately reveals itself to be more of a domestic psychodrama than the treatise on global finance capital that it initially appears to be. Considering that neoliberal economics shape nearly every facet of our 21st century lives, it's rather remarkable to consider just how few films even begin to address the subject, and…

  • Besieged

    Besieged

    ★★★★★

    Say what you will about Bernardo Bertolucci, but for all his faults one thing he definitely was not was old-fashioned (he was, after all, an early and enthusiastic defender of Harmony Korine's Gummo). I can't at present think of many other directors who, after years of arthouse acclaim and eventual Oscar-winning success, would be capable of making a film that feels as invigorated as Besieged. One would have to look ahead toward Terrence Malick's latter-day resurgence to find such seemingly…

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  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    (I was originally planning on writing my review as an open letter to Hitchcock himself, which I might still do at some point, but this will suffice for now. The only part I regret not including was a question asking him how he'd like to be addressed. Hitch? Alfred? Al? Mr. Cock?)

    Reading that Orson Welles apparently hated this makes me so happy, especially when you consider that The Immortal Story is kind of the same thing except actually good...…

  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★★★★

    Long read:

    Above rating notwithstanding, I no longer hold Terrence Malick in the Godlike regard that I once did, when he released The New World and instantaneously shattered my perceptions of what cinema was capable of. Twelve years and four films later, some of the mystique has inevitably worn off and signs of artistic stasis have gradually begun to set in, albeit ever so slowly. And yet, I cannot bring myself to join in with the increasingly dominant critical voices…