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  • Prospero's Books

    Prospero's Books

    ★★★★

    Ok yeah, I loved this. The CD-ROM-era overlay effects, of live-action reduced to 2D tableaux vivants in the stacking of images onto each other, the juxtapositions of text and image, the nudity that is so elaborate as to become (deliberately) banal. And yet through it all it remains a brilliant, bold Shakespeare adaptation, with Gielgud turning in a marvelous performance that never once is lost in the colossal spectacle of Greenaway's painterly vision.

  • A Zed & Two Noughts

    A Zed & Two Noughts

    ★★★½

    I really don't quite know what to make of this, where the ideas are at once so blatant yet so cryptic. It feels like David Cronenberg, obviously, albeit if Cronenberg were more outwardly horny yet also slightly more insecure about his abilities, and as specific as the vision laid out here is, it's also one by a filmmaker still finding himself, or at least challenging his temperament in such ways that he's willing to let his ideas get ahead of…

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★½

    Coogler's Creed is one of the best films of its kind, a work that confronted and gently but pointedly revised the racist underpinnings of the Rocky franchise and then happened to make the best movie in the whole series by its own rules. Black Panther, by contrast, is the latest reminder, after a few wilder, looser entries in the MCU, that when it comes to Marvel, the house always wins. Glacially paced and burdened with action so busy yet clumsy…

  • Dallas Buyers Club

    Dallas Buyers Club

    ½

    It's easy, if one only ever has to suffer a few times a year the no-budget, no-talent indies dumped on one-week NY runs and burned onto screener discs, to have a charmed view of what constitutes a bad film. Truth be told, with the number of films produced domestically exploding in recent years thanks to mass proliferation of acceptable-quality, cheap DV, it's a good bet that the vast majority of American movies made each year now consist of films made…