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  • These Final Hours

    ★★★★

  • The Sacrifice

    ★★★★★

  • Harold and Maude

    ★★★★★

  • American Hustle

    ★★★★

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  • These Final Hours

    These Final Hours

    ★★★★

    Good movie. Essentially a series of vignettes with drama, heart, insanity, all that good stuff. Low budget, well produced Aussie goodness.

  • The Sacrifice

    The Sacrifice

    ★★★★★

    Second viewing, seven years later. I remembered so much, but I'd also forgotten a lot, and there was so much left to discover. I'll probably feel the same way after seven years more.

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  • Shara

    Shara

    ★★★★★

    Enigmatic. Tragic. Celebratory. Transcendent.

    In the best way, it reminds me of Hou and Weeresethakul, while still very much being Kawase. Kawase’s early career is largely documentary, and mostly focused on her family. Shara is only her third feature, and the command of the camera and her subject that is evident in just the opening shot is undeniable. The camera floats through a Japanese house and follows two brothers as they play. A repetitive sound dominates the background, one that…

  • Ten Skies

    Ten Skies

    ★★★★★

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

    A little frame of reference for those watching Ten Skies for the World Cup. It’s a different kind of film—essentially ten, ten minute shots of different pieces of the sky. But it’s much more than a screensaver or a throwaway early morning Discovery Channel show.

    In the way Benning uses the camera to frame the abstract constructs of the elements of this world interacting via physics, grounded in a real setting on the Earth, Benning has created something that contains…