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  • Vertigo
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  • Fairytale

    ★★★½

  • Dusty Groove: The Sound of Transition (with Baba Sura)

    ★★½

  • Anatomy

    ★★½

  • Petrol

    ★★★½

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  • Fairytale

    Fairytale

    ★★★½

    One of the year’s more gonzo experiments, this offers a deeply uncanny experience, like many of Sokurov’s works, utilizing an unstable visual style that constantly evokes death and the transitory nature of history. Here he really indulges his sense of humor, such as it is, with a scenario involving the specters of various twentieth-century European leaders bumbling around, impotently voicing regrets and assessing the world that they left in their wake. This unlikely midpoint between past Sokurov efforts like Stone

  • Dusty Groove: The Sound of Transition (with Baba Sura)

    Dusty Groove: The Sound of Transition (with Baba Sura)

    ★★½

    Watchable documentary about record collecting and reselling that doesn’t quite do enough to explore its symbolic implications and at the same time fails to truly enlighten us about most of its chosen subjects.

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  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

    Hitchcock’s masterwork, better than any other, reminds us of two truisms of cinema: to look is to remember and to remember is to impose. The hypnotic spirals that haunt every facet of the visual design and even the trademark dolly zoom effect take us deeper into the image, to the point that it threatens to swallow us, much as the past threatens to engulf Scottie. Of course these geometrical chasms are metaphorically vaginal, making Vertigo the great masterpiece about sexual…

  • Infinite Football

    Infinite Football

    ★★★★

    A gentle reminder that Romanian New Wave filmmakers have given us several of the best comedies of recent years, Porumboiu’s sly documentary Infinite Foodball is a subtly profound and deeply ironic look at one sad sack’s attempts to funnel his life’s disappointments (a shin injury, a dull job, repeated failures to secure a work visa, etc…) into changes in the rules of soccer. An existential meditation in the guise of an episode of Nathan for You, this unique film sees…