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  • The Turin Horse

    The Turin Horse

    ★★★★½

    Best supporting performance of 2011 goes to The Turin Horse's wind: hypnotic, relentless, and unforgiving, like the film itself. To steal an astute description from another Letterboxd review, "it feels like God is unmaking the world in six days." Tarr's formal rigor, particularly his conception of duration as an organizing principle, was completely lost on me in my first viewing seven years ago. I was debased. But I am now enlightened!

  • Margaret

    Margaret

    ★★★★★

    Third viewing, second of the extended cut. Unavoidably a bit messy but nevertheless a masterful portrait of adolescence. Disconnection. Miscommunication. Clash of perspectives. Family strain. Confronting mortality. Trauma. Moral dilemma. The realization that there is a world outside your own. We are the sum of our experiences.

    I can't stop thinking about the fight between Margaret and Emily where the latter makes a distinction between caring more and caring more easily. I also can't ever forget the bus accident—one of…

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  • Tusk

    Tusk

    ½

    Among the stupidest films I've ever had the displeasure of seeing. There are maybe fifteen minutes of competent filmmaking craft (which comprise the bulk of the trailer), and they expire well before the midpoint. Mostly, Tusk displays a complete lack of understanding in basic storytelling concepts: pertinent exposition, suspense vs. surprise, effective flashbacks, and, uh, story logic. Smith shows his hand far too early and then spends the remaining time putzing around with mundane eccentricity and narrative redundancy. While Tusk

  • Selma

    Selma

    ★★★★

    It's hard to believe the first major motion picture about Martin Luther King, Jr. wasn't made until 2014, but its arrival couldn't have come at a better time. To say race relations in the United States have been strained recently is a vast understatement. While much progress has been made since the days of the Civil Rights Movement, there is still plenty left to accomplish. Selma, with immense skill, illustrates that reality.

    The exclusion of opening credits immediately tells the…