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  • The Flower

    The Flower

    ★★★★★

    Because of the fact that I know I could never persuade anyone to watch a film of this length (that’s if anyone will ever even have access to it again) seeing it at NYFF 56 has been a pretty magical private experience for those of us in attendance. Dennis Lim has given the audience of this festival an amazing gift by programming this work. I admire the courage and skill of the director and cast for making this remarkable film and am especially grateful to FSLC for screening it.

  • Hotel by the River

    Hotel by the River

    ★★★★

    The story revolves around two travelers who have arranged meetings with loved ones at a lonely, out-of-the-way hotel. An old poet anticipates his imminent demise while a young woman has a hard time seeing a future for herself after a painful breakup. An unexpected afternoon snow brings together these two wayward souls. He sees her along the riverbank with her friend, walking in the freshly fallen snow, and is dumbstruck by the beauty of the scene. 

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★½

    A better adaptation than Annihilation but still the film is insufficient to the story. I feel like this could have been a great limited series, maybe six episodes. I did not like the way it was directed and edited - too many flashbacks, overly sentimental at times and too much ellipsis. I see how they were trying to mirror the psychological state of the protagonist but this requires knowing when to employ these devices and when to pull back and let the narrative unfold. It is out of balance and pushes the viewer out of engagement with the film.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★★

    Surprising that a beautifully paced film like this was released by a major Hollywood studio. They haven't taken risks like this in a long time and I hope they are rewarded for it at the box office.