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  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    ★★★★

    Homeschooling gone horribly wrong in this auteurist suburban nightmare. Incest and beatings? You name it and Dogtooth has it. This was like watching a Greek trainwreck (an often hilarious one at that). I've honestly never felt so uncomfortable while watching a film. Yorgos Lanthimos seems like such a pleasant guy in his interviews. Where exactly this depravity that translates so well into his films comes from is quite the mystery.

  • White Material

    White Material

    ★★★★

    A deliciously icy Isabelle Huppert playing a modern-day Scarlett O'Hara who stubbornly refuses to give up "her land" while everything around her goes to hell? Yes please. The great thing about White Material is that director Claire Denis never feels the need to preach about the "evils" of post-colonialism and white privilege. She's simply interested in telling the compelling story of how one woman unintentionally destroys her entire family via her delusions of grandeur.

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  • Blow-Up

    Blow-Up

    ★★★★★

    Without a doubt one of the greatest films in the history of the medium. A perfect and very specific snapshot of a city, its residents and the counterculture they created. Oh, there's also a murder plot (not that it matters much overall). Just sit back and enjoy the ride. So fucking groovy, man.

  • The Lost City of Z

    The Lost City of Z

    ★★★★½

    James Gray is without a doubt the best and most vital American filmmaker in cinema today. Going way outside his comfort zone of intimate New York-set dramas, Gray has created an adventurous and epic Amazonian tale of discovery, love and obsession. The Lost City of Z is exceptionally moving, beautifully lensed by Darius Khondji and features an extraordinary cast (Hunnam, Miller, Holland and Pattinson all give career-best performances). I sort of wish that Gray had made films in the 1970's instead; a decade that would have seen him thrive alongside Scorsese and Coppola and where his very specific talents would have been greatly appreciated.