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  • Girl

    Girl

    ★★½

    The casting here doesn’t strike me as a problem, but Dhont’s approach definitely does, voyeuristically lingering over his male lead’s body as he asks the audience to shame other characters who would do the same. For its first half, this feels reasonably honorable (if somewhat misguided) in its attempts to offer an ultra-specific portrait of a contemporary trans youth. I can completely understand how this film could open hearts and minds, especially if it continued on this track… By its…

  • Three Faces

    Three Faces

    ★★★

    Panahi picks up a horror movie found-footage trope and recycles it for a not-particularly-urgent appeal for women's rights. Despite its mysterious setup, the film is a road movie at its heart, and most of its pleasures are to be found on the margins.

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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…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★

    2014: The Year We Remake Contact

    75/100