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  • Wonderstruck

    Wonderstruck

    ★★★★

    “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

    delicately heart-warming and undeniably moving. the sound design and Carter Burwell's score for this are impeccable. Millicent Simmonds' terrific and memorable perfomance steals the show. then there's also Todd Haynes' knack for taking stories about lost people searching to find their place; and he gives it to them, a cabinet full of sounds and melodies.

    not sure why people were underrating this. maybe it's too emotionally transparent for them? the balance is a bit off? it doesn't matter. it's wonderful.

  • Salomé

    Salomé

    ★★★★

    watched this at a special screening at the Barbican with a live soundtrack by Haley Fohr of the experimental project Circuit Des Yeux. It was strange and transcendent, less of a film than an oddly sensuous, extended dance, with Nazimova's presence truly standing out. Of course, I can't really judge this without considering Fohr's score, which made it really something special and intimate.

    They also purposefully removed the title cards, a unique reinterpreation that was appropriate considering words would have…

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    YESSSSSS

    With the help of the great cinematographer Roger Deakins, Denis Villeneuve has made yet another stunningly great film - it's hard to imagine anyone that could have done a better job. The sequel to Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic is as visually immaculate and thematically rich as you would expect, but it's also somehow more rewarding. The film is narratively gratifying, coherent, and captivating while still paying respect to the original's uncompromisingly meditative nature that will leave some viewers confused.…

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★★

    Wow. I might be in the minority on this, but I think Eyes Wide Shut is my favorite Stanley Kubrick film. It is astonishing how frighteningly intimate, bold, and smart it is in dealing with the complexities of romantic relationships, sexual desire, commitment, and, I'm starting to believe, openness. It may not always be as painfully obvious as in some of his other films, but from its quietest moments to its most wild and provocative - none of which ever seem unjustified or incoherent - Kubrick directs the *shit* out of this masterpiece.