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  • 35 Shots of Rum

    35 Shots of Rum

    ★★★½

    "Could you be less pedantic?" Not much danger of that here, with Denis' style as elliptical as ever - relationships drawn with the lightest of touches, whole histories inferred by casual gestures. Didn't really connect for a while, though, despite how moving its preoccupations are - the inertia of life, essentially, of not being able to let go. ("Why go looking elsewhere?") It's limned with a wonderful sensuality, but the emotion is too glancing for too long. Starts to click…

  • Daguerrotype

    Daguerrotype

    ★★★½

    Adore Kurosawa's formal sense, which, transported to a French, countryside mansion is truly magnificent. For about an hour, it's everything that the setup promises, an oddly moving rumination not just on grief, but the artistic process, Olivier Gourmet's volatile Stéphane seeing himself as a true artist, abandoning the fashion photography that first brought him fame, and aligning himself with a "true" art-form. ("Is he really that difficult?" "He's an artist.") The daguerrotype photography, here, becomes a kind of Faustian bargain,…

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  • Primer

    Primer

    ★★★★½

    90/100

    Man, do you wanna watch Primer? I haven't seen it since later this afternoon.

  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    This was going to be two stars, and then that finale happened, which is a shame since the film is actually rather interesting—if also fundamentally conflicted and confused—from the moment it relocates to Okinawa. (Everything before that is so dull that it's barely worth mentioning, except to note that Gibson tries to do Full Metal Jacket, but with Vince Vaughn in the R. Lee Ermey role, and a strange amount of the material played for laughs.) The disjunction between having…