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  • Cameraperson

    Cameraperson

    ★★★★★

    Kirsten Johnson, a memoir.

    As the opening card explains: “For the past 25 years I’ve worked as a documentary cinematographer. I originally shot the following footage for other films, but here I ask you to see it as my memoir. These are the images that have marked me and leave me wondering still”.

    Sheer beauty: Johnson, in juxtaposing so many different kinds of pieces of footage, clinches together two forms of non-fiction cinema that are rarely seen within such proximity…

  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women

    ★★★★½

    Witty, rhythmic coming-of-age comedy with a great deal of ruminative thought.

    Superbly written and acted, it captures its laissez-faire age and its disaffected inhabitants with a kind of liberating humanity.


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  • The General

    The General

    ★★★★★

    I'm not sure why people scoff at old movies. They are still new to those who have not seen them.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★½

    An obituary in serial form with the last instalment missing; snowballing for 100 minutes to a sad and beautiful apogee.

    and/or

    A piercing aesthetic-laden paean to Stefan Zweig and Ernst Lubitsch; one literate, the other cinematic.

    You choose. Spine tingling.