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  • A Burning Hot Summer

    A Burning Hot Summer

    ★★★★½

    Would like to echo Neil's review
    -- which was essential for my reading of the film -- and also add Garrel's use of costuming to distance his characters from their idyllic surroundings. The most jarring shift (arguably) is a very abrupt and unacknowledged costume change: Frederic (younger Garrel), Angele (Belluci), Elisabeth (Sallette, an actual angel), and Paul (Robart) sit around a table, with Angele and Paul dressed in all black, Garrel in light blue, and Elisabeth clad in all-white; the…

  • Claire's Camera

    Claire's Camera

    ★★★★½

    Hong condenses the entire Cannes Film Festival into four characters and a dog and it's beautiful, beautiful, such relatable and effortlessly watchable work. Love his use of language barriers to fill the whole thing with this innocent charm, through which Hong channels the magic of the city and the tranquility of the ocean to replace conflict with moments of real human connection. Isabelle Huppert and Kim Min-Hee are the most transfixing on-screen duo. Formally, it is as perfect as can…

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  • The Circle

    The Circle

    ½

    Watch Emma Watson and Tom Hanks give a 2-hour TED Talk about why privacy is bad, I mean good, I mean bad? and about why freedom is good, I mean bad, I mean good?

    Watson plays that girl in high school that sucked up to the administration, if that girl in high school also hosted one of those Youtube daily vlog channels. Everybody else has too much dialogue to just be a plot device, but not enough meaningful dialogue to…

  • Paper Towns

    Paper Towns

    ★★

    QuIRKy