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  • On the Beach at Night Alone

    On the Beach at Night Alone

    ★★★★

    I praised Hong Sang-soo's latest film for The House Next Door here as part of Slant Magazine's Berlinale 2017 coverage.

    I also, however, wonder if those who aren't already fully invested in Hong's work going into this will be as moved by it as I was.

  • The Other Side of Hope

    The Other Side of Hope

    ★★★★

    I reviewed Aki Kaurismäki's latest—another one of my favorites of Berlinale 2017—for The House Next Door here as part of Slant Magazine's coverage of the festival.

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  • Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Rublev

    ★★★★★

    Seven episodes in the life of the titular medieval Russian icon painter, all of which add up to one of the most vivid and detailed cinematic depictions I've ever seen of the life of an artist. From naive optimism about human nature to an abject despair that leads him to swear off art-making for about 15 years, then finally a renewal of his passion with the help of a former monk and a young bellmaker (whose obsessive quest to finish…

  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday

    ★★★★★

    Going into finally seeing this classic screwball comedy for the first time ever, I knew I was in for fast-paced dialogue and endlessly fresh verbal wit. The film certainly didn't disappoint on those fronts. Rarely have I seen a movie so brilliantly demonstrate the possibility of dialogue as pedal-to-the-metal action; I'm still reeling from having all that overlapping dialogue blast into my face for such a sustained period of screen time, especially in its second half!

    I hadn't, however, expected…