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  • Stories We Tell

    Stories We Tell


    "O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!" - Walter Scott

    Nothing else I can say than bravo! A beautiful, human film that touches in such an incredible way.

  • Lady in the Lake

    Lady in the Lake


    Adrienne Fromsett: "Tell Mr. Marlowe, do you always fall in love with all of your clients?"
    Philip Marlowe: "Only the ones in skirts."

    Well this is a new favorite Christmas film of mine. Robert Montgomery's Lady in the Lake is such an incredible feat in first-person cinema. The execution is so brilliant, so inspired, I'll cobble a pair of cement shoes for the plot to go wade into the lake. There were so many times my heart was beating out…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse


    WHAT. A. FILM./10

    My first actual theater experience of 2019 (always go to theaters late in the year, idk), and what an experience it was. Dafoe and Pattinson are impeccable in Robert Eggers's sophomore feature, The Lighthouse. The grim pastoral Dreyeresque qualities of The VVitch are melded into a maritime setting and an expressionist grandeur that recalls everything from Murnau to Laughton's Night of the Hunter. The descent into madness is so mesermizing I couldn't leave my seat. Every frame…

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard


    "And I promise you I'll never desert you again because after Salome we'll make another picture and another picture. You see, this is my life! It always will be! There's nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark! All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up" - Norma Desmond

    I weep for Desmond as I do for the Golden Age of Hollywood, the silent era, and for the passing of great directors:…