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  • Mädchen in Uniform
  • Don't Look Now
  • Crash
  • Y Tu Mamá También

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  • Go for Sisters

    ★★★

  • Men with Guns

    ★★½

  • Intervista

    ★★★★

  • Ginger and Fred

    ★★★

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  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★½

    Reminiscent of There Will Be Blood in the best ways. The mischievous Jonny Greenwood score and flashy central performance, certainly, but more pointedly in how every storytelling decision—textual, cinematographic, editorial, or otherwise—cuts against convention. This could have been a formulaic Hollywood picture, but Campion knows better. I also love Wegner's photography: one of the rare digitally shot films that offers incredible texture and tonal gradation in its images, all the more admirable given the restricted palette.

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    A brilliant and disquieting meditation on violence, particularly in its emphasis on corporeal trauma. At various points, NCFOM essentially becomes a procedural in wound care, and this visual fixation on the damage done to bodies by ammunition links malevolence to destruction or necrosis. Ellis's (key) line, "You can't stop what's coming," could just as easily apply to blood loss in this despairing film, a kind of 21st century revision to the Coens' Fargo.

    Aside: To this day, I'm a bit…