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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★

    A second viewing has clarified the degree to which the film's central emotional throughline is the Queen's decision whether to prize truth or obsequiousness in love. This is a rather mundane and human concern for a Lanthimos film, yet it exerts for me an emotional pull that defuses somewhat the director's approach which is so often and aptly described as Kubrickian.

    At the same time, there's much to appreciate here on those very terms from a visual perspective, with the…

  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★★★

    Deconstructing Lars

    At least as funny as the Allen film to boot.

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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