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  • The Power of the Dog

  • The Photo of a Woman with a Boar

  • They Drive by Night

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  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    This film would have been much better if they had removed all the people and dialogue. It is beautiful to watch, with incredible landscapes and wonderful art direction. The buildings are really something, inside and out, and everything is beautifully lit.

    But the film itself is stilted, awkward, cliched, painfully slow, and generally seems pretty pointless. It’s a two-hour-long exercise in social awkwardness and dread. The accents are all weird. The dialogue makes no sense. The one female character is…

  • The Photo of a Woman with a Boar

    The Photo of a Woman with a Boar

    A very strange film. Beautiful photography. As someone mentioned, the film feels like an 80s effort to produce a French film where the last frame of reference for French filmmaking was the sixties.

    David Bowie would not have felt out of place in this film.

    Not great as murder mysteries go, but I don’t think that was the point.

    The film is awash with alienation, the characters all seem so lost and trapped at the same time. The relationships are…

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  • Downfall

    Downfall

    Quite a film. Imagining the unimaginable. And a source of memes.

    It's an intricate reconstruction of what must have been a tremendous unravelling in those final moments.

    Bruno Ganz definitely threw himself into this role — I cannot speak to the accuracy of the portrayal, but he creates a character and so thoroughly steps into it that it is kind of amazing to watch. He does sound a lot like Daffy Duck at times.

    Corinna Harfouch gives a chilling performance…

  • The Red Turtle

    The Red Turtle

    Insipid. But also kind of cloying. The main suspense in the film was that it felt for the first bit like it might start to get interesting at some point, but after about 2/3rds of the film, it became clear that absolutely nothing interesting was going to happen, and everything would reach its predictable conclusion.

    More than anything, the film seemed to be trying to lay claim to degree of emotional resonance and poignancy that it never really earned with…